Employees Clocking in for the Holiday

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

Many business establishments are closed for the Christmas holiday.

But in some professions the job never takes a day off.

It's Christmas afternoon and fire fighters with the Dothan Fire Department are rushing to the scene.

“Fires and medical calls don't take a break no matter if it's Christmas or what we still have to do a job and somebody's got to be here. So, why not us?” said Thomas Brown, Dothan fire fighter.

That philsophy has many people cashing in on the holiday hours.

In fact, several studies report more people are working this holiday versus past years.

Many are working hard, so co-workers can spend time with their families.

“We come in at 7 this morning and we'll be here until 7 in the morning tomorrow. We work 24 hour shifts,” said Brown.

But Brown doesn't want you to feel sorry for him.

He says his Christmas wish has already come true.

“I honestly wish to have my kids together on Christmas and I got to have that and I got to see all of my family.”

And Brown's family has grown to include his fellow co-workers at the fire station.

“We have a great family relationship. We have each other's back no matter what. To go into a burning house with them, you don't just do that with anybody.”

As the group sits down to enjoy their Christmas dinner, they're praying for one thing.

“To help people that are in need.”

The Dothan Fire Department expects to see an increase in medical calls tonight.

More than 35 Dothan Fire Fighters are working this holiday.

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