CONCORD (KPIX) — Hundreds of first responders had been engaged on Thanksgiving Day, spending the vacation away from their households however that doesn’t imply there wasn’t time to have fun.
Within the driveway behind Contra Costa County hearth station 6 in downtown Harmony, hearth engineer Jeff Ornellas was deep-frying a turkey.
“I’d most likely say I’m happening like seven years of at-work Thanksgivings. All seven have been fried,” he mentioned laughing. “This initially began out as a crab cooker,” he defined as he stood by his deep-fryer. Now he has change into the “Turkey Dude.”
The turkey cooked for an hour and a half and, inside a couple of minutes of Ornellas pulling the chook out of the boiling oil, a medical emergency name got here in to the station. Ornellas requested one other firefighter to cowl the turkey with foil as he and the engine crew rushed to the truck bay.
Turkey must wait.
“Once they come again, we’ll minimize it up,” mentioned one of many different firefighters. Twenty minutes later, they had been again. Thanksgiving dinner was served, full with glowing non-alcoholic apple cider. The co-workers have change into nearer than simply buddies.
“They’re my second household and so they’re much more enjoyable than my common household,” mentioned one of many newer firefighters, Alan Winder.
Over in Alameda County, one firefighter at Station 10 in San Leandro was in a position to spend the vacations together with her household.
“My mother’s right here celebrating today and it’s simply an honor to have her, attending to see what I do, what we do,” mentioned firefighter Alissa Maglaty.
Whereas celebrating Thanksgiving within the firehouse isn’t the identical as the vacation scene depicted by Norman Rockwell, there’s no denying the sense of household.