As most citizens across the country are spending the day with their families, I picked up an extra shift on the ambulance today. My family decided to have our Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, so I am helping out to staff an ambulance at my part-time job. I was on-shift at the fire department last night, and we cooked a big spread to celebrate the holiday. This year I happen to be off Thanksgiving at the fire hall, but it’s just a toss-up which holidays that we will have off each year.
Let’s keep those firefighters, EMS workers, police officers, dispatchers, nurses, doctors, and most importantly military personnel and families in our thoughts and prayers today as they spend another holiday away from their family. I believe this year there are also many retail outlets that are running early bird sales that will also keep many people out in the stores rather than with their families. A fond memory from growing up is that all the stores were closed and we did nothing but visit with our families to enjoy the day off.
This Thanksgiving I have so much to be thankful for. While I may not always be the best at reminding them, I am thankful for all the support that my family provides me with, the best friends in the world that are by my side through thick and thin, and for being able to work in the greatest career in the world…the fire service.
In my last article, An Everlasting Impression, I talked about the brothers and sisters from the Bristol VA Fire Department. Even though I am on the ambulance, they have extended an invitation for our crew to join them for their Thanksgiving dinner at the firehouse. I always look forward to getting to spend time with the guys and the fellowship that comes along with it. I would like to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you have a safe holiday, whether you are riding the rig or at home with your family.
-The “Model City” Firefighter