Many take pride in working on Christmas Day - - Jackson, MS

Many take pride in working on Christmas Day

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With another holiday comes the chance that many will be working that day.

Some volunteer to work on Christmas; others don't have a choice in the matter.

"People are just...they understand, because I'm sure they've had to work a few holidays themselves," said Caleb Long, a convenience store employee.

Long works at the Sprint Mart on Northside Drive.

He, like many out there, chose to work Christmas Day because he could use the extra money that comes with working a holiday.

"It's not like, you know, I started work in the early morning and I'm getting off late at night or anything. I got to spend a little time with my family, have a meal, watch them open presents with everybody, so, not too bad at all," Long said.

Others don't necessarily have a choice in the matter.

Police still have to patrol the Capital City.

Firefighters still must remain alert in case something happens.

"It's never a situation or time where you can just relax. You always have to be on your P's and Q's because anything can happen," said Private Timothy Kendricks.

Even on this Christmas Day, several Jackson firemen battled a blaze on West Hillsdale Road.

"We don't have a problem with sacrificing our time just so we can take care of the people and the city," Kendricks said.

Kendricks said he's seen that kindness work both ways.

"We had a couple of people from the community come in and give us snacks and just little goodies, letting us know how much they appreciate us," Kendricks said.

"We could be out at the post office or the supermarket, and people would just come up to you randomly and tell you that they thank you for your service and everything that you do for the community," Lt. Vinson Doss said.

And that, Doss said, makes their job that much easier, regardless of what day it is.

"This year, we didn't work Thanksgiving, but I had to work Christmas, so...I don't have any problem with it. I'd do it again," Doss said.

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