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ALPENA – The hardest part of working Christmas – even for those saving lives – is leaving family behind, say workers who plan to work this holiday weekend.
While many stay home for the holidays, munching on hams or clinking classes or ripping up piles of presents, hundreds of workers will show up for a Christmas Eve shift or Christmas Day, ensuring that others can have a happy and safe holiday.
Healthcare workers, police and pastors, funeral home directors and tow truck drivers will all be working during the holidays.
Staff at homeless shelters and drug treatment centers, hotel workers, prison officers, 911 operators, and journalists – all spin the wheels of Northeast Michigan, even in holidays.
Workers and volunteers who forgo their vacations for the sake of their job must make adjustments at home, honing their beloved traditions – even inviting St. Nick to arrive a day earlier – for the sake of their children. , spouses and other relatives. .
âSanta is special for those who have to work on Christmas Day,â said Tim Slosser, firefighter / paramedic with the Alpena Fire Department who will be working on Christmas Day.
Crew members assigned to the day cover each other when they can, trying to get those with young children home for opening gifts and other important times of the day.
Most of the time, however, firefighters, like many other workers in the Alpena area, accept that the holidays mean spending the day with their working family rather than at home.
Spouses and children are welcome to the traditional Christmas Day meal in the kitchen of the Alpena Public Security Establishment. This year’s menu includes sausage and sauerkraut, with macaroni and cheese for those who don’t like Polish stuff.
Three Christmases ago, said Doug Keogh, dinner was five minutes away from being served when tones from the fire hall sounded, sending firefighters bounding towards their vehicles as their families had to enjoy the meal without them.
Firefighters recalled throwing wrapped Christmas presents out the front windows of a house as the fire consumed the back. They wanted to help the family suffering from such a loss retain at least some holiday joy, they said.
Other vacations have meant medical runs to treat someone with an eye injury from a newly unwrapped flying toy or responding to a call for help extracting a pearl from a nose.
Being away on important days can be difficult for everyone. But, said Chris Morrison as he sat at the firehouse dining table waiting to be needed, “We get into the work to help people. No matter when, where or why.
Other vacation workers, even without sirens and fire equipment, are also helping people deal with Christmas emergencies.
From utility workers ready to climb poles during a Christmas storm to grocery store clerks ringing a can of last-minute cream of mushroom soup, many Northeastern Michigan residents are becoming vacation heroes.
For a traveler in a hurry with an empty tank, few beacons shine as brightly as gas station workers working late on a public holiday.
At the Alpena EZ Mart on Chisholm Street, intern Alley Reid said she doesn’t worry about working during the holidays knowing her 8-month-old and 2-year-old daughters will understand.
For Irvan Cramer, who works on Christmas Eve, the holidays will be a little harder. With his busy work schedule, he only sees his 7-year-old son on the weekends, and they may not spend much time on Christmas Day together.
However, the community needs him to show up for work, “to help people get the things they need before the big day.” Cramer said. “This is how I see it.”