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Rye Firefighters See Working Thanksgiving as "Part of Duty"

RYE, NY - Rye firefighter Todd Barnum can't remember the last time he worked on Thanksgiving. "I have a hard time remember when I worked last week," Barnum chuckled.

Fortunately for Barnum, a resident of Port Chester, he's not working this Thanksgiving either. However, Barnum did state that if he had been assigned the post, he wouldn't look to get it off.

"It all goes with the job commitment," Barnum said, "It's just part of being in the emergency service".

Barnum, drawing on past experiences, talked at length about what it's like being on duty during Thanksgiving.

"Since it is a holiday, there isn't a whole lot scheduled which makes it pretty low key", Barnum said, "But we do get a higher percentage of calls from residents".

Barnum noted that all the cooking leads to quite a few smoke alarms and distress calls. "Most of the time people are really apologetic," Barnum said with a smile.

Since the Rye Firefighters work on 24 hour shifts, the firemen on duty aren't able to participate in any family oriented festivites for Thursday. According to Barnum, the Port Chester Fire Department works off a two tour schedule, meaning that some on duty Fireman may be able to schedule dinner around work.

"Our guys will be here from 7:30 A.M. on Thursday until 7:30 A.M. on Friday," Barnum confirmed. He also said that the firemen get three days off in between shifts.

Bowman did acknowledge that the men on duty often have Thanksgiving festivites of their own. "Sometimes guys might make a turkey and have a Thanksgiving style dinner right here at the Firehouse," Barnum added.

The three Rye fireman on duty this Thanksgiving could not be reached for comment.

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