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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