Punching the Clock on T-Day

This isn't a "woe is me" story but even on an all-American holiday like Thanksgiving, many of us do have to work. Thursday was a cold blustery day in Omaha but there were still people working, keeping the wheels turning in the city.

With a name like Nelson Moctezuma, striking up a conversation would be easy, one would think. Fortunately, for the veteran airport shuttle driver, it is.

"That is actually the best part of the job because you get to talk to all kinds of people," Moctezuma said. It also helps the time fly by because the day before and on Thanksgiving are two of the busiest of the year at the airport.

Reporter asks, "Makes that turkey taste better?" "Oh, yeah absolutely looking forward to it, I'm not eating too much today here, so I can have some good food when I get home."

"On thanksgiving we go out and we light up all of our commercial jobs, they want them on this evening,” Ned Kaup said. The father, daughter duo of Ned and Rachel Kaup finished stringing up the last of the decorations at the Beverly Hills Plaza near 78th and Dodge Street. "I come out and help him just because I think it would be really hard for him to do it on his own to get that wreath up there by himself, so even though it is cold, I come out and help him,” Rachel said.

Battalion Chief Kathy Bossman with the Omaha Fire Department qualified T-Day as one would expect, "a lot of kitchen and cooking related calls." Batt. Chief Bossman had just wrapped a fire call near 72nd and Cass earlier in the morning Thursday. It was nothing too serious and firefighters headed back to the station with hopefully with enough time to fill their plates before their next call.

"We are in somewhat of a holiday mode, we have a big meal at noon, and some stations are doing a turkey.”

Not every “Heartlander” who worked Thanksgiving was actually in the Heartland.

WOWT 6 News would like to extend a special thank you to Lieutenant Mike Scott with the United States Navy, serving his first deployment in the Middle East. Lt. Scott’s office is an F-18 fighter jet, a far cry from the desk he used when he graduated from Papillion-LaVista High School in 2004.


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