It may be Christmas, but that doesn’t guarantee that you get off work. A handful of Omaha firefighters and first responders spend the day on the job.
“We have to do the normal duties. We have to check the trucks out, clean the station because that still gets dirty whether it’s a holiday or not,” said Julie Condon. She’s a paramedic at the station located at 107th & Pacific.
The first responders get ready in case they are called out to an emergency. “People are sick, fall on the ice, or there are car accidents. Everything still happens,” said Condon.
Condon and the others clocked in at 7 a.m. They will work until 7 a.m. tomorrow and that means they have to make other Christmas plans with their families. “We do Christmas another day, but it all works out,” said Condon. “My daughters came up to see me this morning, instead of the 5:30 a.m. Christmas that we usually do,” said firefighter Brett Reif.
They said although it’s not ideal to work a holiday, it helps that they consider themselves a family in their own right. “All of us are like a small family. We passed out present’s together and just kind of hang out,” said Reif.
A small family that knows they’re needed and is willing to spend their time holding others this Christmas.