November 23, 2006
Charlottesville firefighters were busy today, but it was a good busy.
Plenty of food had to be cooked, fried, baked and eaten.
Although most of the firefighters we talked to had to spend this holiday away from their family, they all agreed that within the walls of this fire station is a family of it's own.
“This is kind of our second family. Since we have to be here on holidays, today is Thanksgiving, the folks that are going to be working Christmas and News Years, things like that. It's always just a special time for us to bond together, fix food together, and just share this day as a family,” said Battalion Chief Jiff Garrison.
The firefighters also hope to share holiday cheer with anyone in the community as well.
Garrison said, "Calls that we run sometimes were able to try and bring some joy or some happiness to somebody that's having a bad day. Especially on a day like today if we can interact in their lives and turn a negative event into something positive it always means special. It makes it worthwhile for us to be here even when we're not with our family."
Emily Reeves, the daughter of a local police officer, said she now recognizes the true meaning of thanksgiving.
"I think it means a time to be very thankful for what you have because being out here on the streets, you get to see what children don't have and it makes you very thankful for what you do have. I have a warm house and a family who takes care of me, so it means a lot to me, “ said Reeves.
Firefighters and law enforcement have been getting together for Thanksgiving dinner for years now. They hope to continue this tradition for years to come.