Thanksgiving at the firehouse: how local first responders spent the holiday

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) —While many slip into a food coma or clean up the kitchen, the men and women of the Dothan Fire Department are at their stations, ready to jump into action if and when help is needed.

“It does have its difficulties,” Fire Sergeant Jeremy Alley said. “But, you know, I love the Dothan Fire Department and as far as we’re concerned, it’s just another day.”

“We came in and treated it just like any other day,” Alley said. “But we are going to cook a meal together. This is my second family and that’s kind of how I treat it.”

Alley has been with the department for 14 years and has been through the ups and downs of holidays at the fire station.

For other firefighters, this is their first Thanksgiving away from their families.

“This is my first go around,” Probationary Firefighter Cameron Ball said. “So it’s different for sure and this year’s been a big change for the whole department, not just the new guys.”

“I’m just thankful that even though we are at work today, that everybody else’s family is able to be home and enjoy Thanksgiving,” Ball said. “But for sure, thankful my family and friends and my job.”

Dothan firefighters and all other first responders will continue to work through the holidays, as well as the global pandemic, for the safety of their communities.

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