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Morrisville firefighters spend Christmas on the job

Posted December 25, 2013

— A big holiday meal with family is often part of the plan for the holidays.

For Morrisville firefighters, it's no different.

“By the time you pull a 30-year career , you spend 10 years of your life with these people, away from your family,” Firefighter Steve Edwards said. “So we're just like a regular family. We get on each other’s nerves.”

But when they sit down to their holiday dinner, there’s no guarantee it won’t be interrupted.

“You just have to go in with the understanding that if phones start going off, they're going to be out the door in a jiffy,” said Mariann Cromenacker.

She came to the firehouse to sit at the table with her husband, who is on duty. He is one of 11 firefighters on a 24-hour shift for Christmas day.

“These guys are awesome,” she said.

“We're the safety blanket, I guess, that is just here for whenever somebody needs it,” Edwards said.

The crew responded to three fires on Christmas Day, including one that burned an apartment building on Rambling Hills Drive.

No one was hurt, but it was a reminder of how quickly things can change.

"It's part of the job," Edwards said.

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  • Vietnam Vet Dec 27, 1:45 p.m.

    I would like to thank ALL the folks that work the holidays so that the rest of us can enjoy time with family and friends.

  • superman Dec 27, 10:16 a.m.

    Thanks for your service. However, they are numerous occupations that require people to work on holidays. Law enforcment, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, jails and on and on.

  • mafiamic Dec 26, 3:40 p.m.

    Many people had to work on Christmas,the LEO"s ,the Airlines,Even some stores and restaurants Hospitals.
    Thanks to all of you no matter what your status or title or job is,

  • GALNC Dec 26, 12:07 p.m.

    Lets not forget EMS who also work a 24 hour shift and almost never get a chance to sit down for a meal without interruption. Police work long shifts has well. There are Doctors, Nurses etc. All can be called in to work at anytime...work holidays, lose family time etc.