WILMINGTON -- Most people enjoyed Thanksgiving Day off and spent time with friends and family. But those who had to work still made the most out of celebrating the holiday. Officers working on Thanksgiving at the Wilmington Police Department are thankful for more than just their new kitchen that allowed them to cook plenty of food for those on duty. WPD Sgt. Curt Stansbury "I'm very thankful that we have this great community, the city we have here and the people here that we serve." While their families are celebrating Thanksgiving at home, these officers were enjoying each other's company. Sgt. Stansbury said, "We all here on the job are a family and we have to take care of each other, make sure we're all fed and happy during the holidays, as well." It was a similar scene at the Wilmington Fire Department's headquarters. Engineer Greg Fix was busy preparing the noontime meal for at least ten firefighters on the clock. Fix said, "Ham, turkey, green bean casserole, collared greens, turnips -- all the fixings today." For the firefighters working the 24-hour shift at this downtown Wilmington station they say especially on days like today, they are each other's family. Fix said, "This is family time for us. We're away from our families so we spend it with each other. We might sit down for a meal, we'll probably run a couple calls during the meal, otherwise we'll get to share Thanksgiving together at least." While they did get called out once while they were eating, the firefighters did finally get the chance to sit down and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. At last check the Wilmington Police and Fire Departments had a fairly quiet day Thursday.
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