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First responders work through Thanksgiving to keep communities safe

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First responders were working hard on Thanksgiving to keep their communities safe. (Natalie Davis/KCTV) First responders were working hard on Thanksgiving to keep their communities safe. (Natalie Davis/KCTV)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -

While you're eating your pie, first responders are on the clock, working the holiday to make sure you're safe.

Many police officers spent their Thanksgiving holiday, working and not at home with their family.

One officer had to get a little creative to cook his family’s turkey this year by bringing a turkey roaster to work.

“We take an oath and we go out to protect the public and it doesn't stop because it's a holiday,” said MPO Gary Graniewski, a Lenexa Police Officer. “I mean it's 24/7.”

The same goes for fire fighters.

“We're on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Lt. Scott Finazzo with the Overland Park Fire Department. “Somebody has to be here to get on those trucks when the bells go off.”

Medical emergencies kept EMS responders busy today, too. Each time KCTV5 tried to set up an interview with them, they were sent on another call.

“Unfortunately medical emergencies and fires don't take a day off,” said Lt. Finazzo.

Working on Thanksgiving can be tough, but they know it’s just part of the job.

“We've got a table downstairs where folks have brought in some different pastries and whatnot,” said Sgt. Jason Hinkle with the Lenexa Police Department. “The community support is just unbelievable. I think our officers that feel the pressures day in and day out are just kind of uplifted a little bit.”

It’s a reminder to be thankful, even if they have to shift their holiday plans around a bit.

“Thank goodness for turkey roasters,” said MPO Graniewski. “Thank goodness for my mom buying me one that one time.”

Today we celebrate what we're thankful for.

If you want to thank first responders, comment on the message we've posted to the KCTV5 News Facebook page. We'll make sure they see it.

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