MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
The firefighters on call started their shift at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning. They'll finish forty-eight hours later on Saturday morning.
"We don't get to partake in the family fun and the joys and everybody getting together and people you don't see all year; we'll be at work," said firefighter and paramedic Chris Clabots.
Sometimes the firefighters' families come to visit them and eat together, but this year it was just the five men on call.
"It's just us, this is our second family just the fire department," said Clabots.
And that second family knows they have to do whatever they can to keep the community safe.
"Anybody in public service, we're here to take care of our citizens and do the best job we can," said Clabots.