Working On Christmas

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

While most people spend Christmas time with friends and family, some spend the holiday working to help others.

Major Tim Caldwell with the Hazard Fire Department says taking his turn to work Christmas comes with the territory.

“Well, I mean, it's part of my job. We don't have to work every Christmas, so it works out to be a fair situation concerned here,” he says.

He says the hardest part is being away from family.

“Of course they don't like me working on Christmas day. I have a son and a daughter and my wife and they would rather me be home, but I've been here fifteen years so they understand that it's part of the job,” says Caldwell.

The same goes for those in law enforcement.

“I know what to expect. I signed up for it. I don't mind working it at all,” says Officer Elmer Fugate, with the Hazard Police Department.

While police are concerned with safety, workers at the Huddle House are concerned with keeping people fed. Ernest and Virginia Thompson are on their way to Tennessee and say they were happy to see the doors were open.

“You know, some places have to be open. If you're traveling, what would you do with out them? So I'm very glad they're open today,” says Virginia Thompson.

“We enjoy it, we really do. I mean we're helping feed the people around here you know, that don't have the opportunity to cook at home or have to work. This gives them the opportunity to come and eat,” says Assistant Manager Robert Couch.

He says he hopes it makes for a happy holiday.


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  • by Anonymous Location: kentucky on Dec 28, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    Just a thought, But when my husband has to work on holidays I take the kids and the food and we go him the kids love it and so do we.
  • by Don't forget them either!!! Location: Hazard, Ky on Dec 27, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Let's not forget our EMT's, people who work at the jail, people who kept the shell stations open and so on!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2008 at 08:27 PM
    Don't forget about the reporters and producers who brought us this story!
  • by Jay Location: KY on Dec 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    Don't forget the nurses and doctors who work 24/7, 365 days a year!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    I personally had the day off from work, but have to report in at 5am to get ready to open my store at 6. I'm glad that we have our policemen and firemen working year round, but employees at a place like the Huddle House should NOT be working today if they didn't want to. The management can say what they want but I'm sure not every employee feels the same way.

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