First responders find cheer in holidays while working

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 5:49 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For many, Christmas is a time to spend with family, but for first responders, the work never stops.

“We choose to do that because it’s what we believe in, and we think it’s the right thing, and we choose to give up that time with our family to make sure that you have a good time with your family,” said Casper Police Detective Shannon Daley.

Casper Fire and Police decorate their stations with trees and lights. At the police station, Christmas cards are hung up for everyone to see, and office doors are covered in Christmas-themed decorations as part of an annual competition.

For both departments, gift exchanges and sharing sweet treats is common practice.

“You know, a lot of times crews do a gift exchange, remember each other for the holiday season, and we’ll often do a gift exchange with our family in the fire station,” said Casper Fire Captain Pat McJunkin.

Even though they sneak in holiday activities while working, both departments are always ready to respond to calls. According to CPD Chief Keith McPheeters, since people are spending time at home, there are fewer traffic incidents over the holiday.

CPD is proud of its commitment to serving the community and encourages officers to give back.

“Much of our traditions are based on our service to the community, and so we do work a lot on providing resources to the community especially to those who are underserved in the community,” said Chief McPheeters.

Casper Police and Fire acknowledge that emergencies don’t take a day off for Christmas, and encourage people to be as safe as possible so that everyone can enjoy their holiday festivities.

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