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Fargo Fire Fighters Celebrate the Holiday too

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As families gathered in the kitchen this afternoon and uncles everywhere fell into a turkey coma. Some folks were in the midst of getting through their holiday shift. Valley News Live hung out with one group of guys that can't take the day off, but that doesn't mean they can't reflect on what Thanksgiving is all about.

There's probably a couple holidays you wouldn't want to miss for the world. Being away from family and loved ones to grind out a shift.

One of those people, Fred Strasser of the Fargo Fire Department knows the routine, "you know it's a little sad and you miss them but you deal with it."

Thanksgiving and all it's glory, I'm talking about the food now of course. Is for sure a stand out holiday for many. But these guys at the Fargo Fire Department they have some of the longest shifts out there, and getting out of work for a holiday, is just out of the question.

Assistant Chief Larry Schuh says it can be a long shift, not painful, but long, "so you're with these guys 24 hours straight and we work a shift and one third of the time your on duty. So a lot of these guys probably spend more hours with the crews than they do with their family."

So they bring Thanksgiving to work, and what's work without some rookie initiations. I'll let Fred explain, "they like the new guy to cook... Mom did help a little, she made the relish and some lefske, so she's rooting for me."

Turns out the Chief is rooting for him too. Because he's not going to let anyone, get the best part of today's meal wrong. "So making the dressing is kind of a big deal. When the young kid broke out the box of stove top I said no. Time out. So I ran to the grocery store and home and got the stuff and showed him how to do it right." The Chief explained jokingly.

So today be thankful that you didn't have to work. And if you have a job that did bring you in, maybe just be thankful for the great company.

The Fargo Fire Department is more than prepared if they get a call in the middle of cooking. They have a kill switch for the whole kitchen in the event that someone calls in a fire. Fortunately, they got through their meal today without having to use it. Thanks for your service guys.

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