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Charlottesville First Responders Gather for Thanksgiving Feast

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While many people are at home with their families on Thanksgiving, there are those who still have to work.  First responders fall into that category and are needed every day of the year, including Thursday.

Charlottesville area first responders spent Thanksgiving serving and celebrating.  The on-duty firefighters and rescue squads gathered at the Charlottesville Fire Station for their own firehouse feast.

Charlottesville's on-duty fire and rescue squads gathered Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving.  "This is our second home, so we're trying to make it a nice day," said Charlottesville firefighter Jonathan Hughes.

Even though they are working, it still feels like being at home.  "It's nice to sit and kind of talk to everybody and relax and watch the parade and football like you would at home," Hughes said.  "Of course we're still working so we're doing our daily jobs, but we get to relax a little bit and act like we're at home."

Two fried turkeys, a ham, mashed potatoes, and other Thanksgiving fixings filled the kitchen, along with friends and family members.

Charlottesville Battalion Chief Joshua Davis said, "The men and women that are working today, they bring their family and their kids here and we all just eat and we spend time together."

Thursday, like most holidays, proved to be a bit more laid back.  "So far today, and hopefully it stays that way throughout the day, it's been fairly quiet for a normal day we've had very few calls and that's a good thing," Davis said.

Even though they will spend their holiday in uniform, they say they still have a lot to be thankful for.

"Right now I'm thankful that we're about to eat the firefighters' excellent food," said John Zadra with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad.  "But we've got a great community here. We're happy to be out serving the community especially on the holidays. It's nice if people need us to come help them out."

Everything at the station was business as usual Thursday.  They were still taking calls and responding to various situations.  They say the only difference is that they were reflecting on the Thanksgiving holiday while at work.

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