DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Labor Day is thought of as a day off with beaches and bar-b-que.
But for first responders, it’s just another day of work and most of them are used to working through the holidays.
The term essential worker has been heard a lot this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will still be used after the pandemic for our first responders, who don’t get the luxury of holidays and long weekends.
“Standing here you have a combined 94 years of EMS experience,” EMT Intermediate Elaine Culp said. “And all five of us can verify for you that it doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday or a weekend. It also doesn’t matter if your child has something at school, and you’re on a run, and you’re in Birmingham and you can’t get back for it. That’s part of this job that our families have to adjust to also.”
As hard as it can be on these employees, they explained that their staff is their second family, which includes work spouses, siblings, and even parents.
“It’s like being with your family that’s away from your family,” Dothan Fire Sergeant Paramedic Jesse Taylor said. “We’re with each other every third day anyway. So it’s our other family and whether it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving, we always enjoy spending time with each other.”
Here is what the Wiregrass First Responders had to say to people with the day off.
“Enjoy your day with your family and enjoy it to the fullest,” Culp said.