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Firefighters work through the holiday

BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull

New Year's Day is no holiday for first responders. While many people enjoy a break from work and time with their families, law enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters are on the job. Dozens of Beaumont firefighters began their New Year with a 24-hour shift.

Nice weather, time with loved ones, 24-hours away from the daily grind.

"Playing with the kids and trying to enjoy the weather," Kristi Cruthirds said. Her family was just one of many enjoying a relaxing New Year's Day at Roger's Park in Beaumont.

"It's real nice to be off for the day," Joel Williams said.

But not everyone gets the luxury of spending the holiday with family.

"I just said Happy New Year's and that was it," Jason Ash said.

He was one of dozens of Beaumont firefighters working Wednesday.

"There's always something to do if we're not running calls, you know med runs, fires," James Johnson, a Beaumont firefighter, said. "We're here at the station cleaning up training for something else that might happen, just trying to stay on top of things."

They checked equipment, waited for the next call and cooked a holiday meal to share with other fire stations.

"You spend a third of your lives with the other firemen," Deputy Chief Christiaan Bordelon said. "You work together, you see the good and the bad, it's just, they're like your family."

They're a family the community depends on, holiday or not.

"It's different every day. You never know what you're going to get at any minute," Bordelon said.

On the job on a holiday, just another working day at the fire station.

 

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