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‘That makes it worth it:’ Roanoke firefighters reflect on working on Thanksgiving

Local church feeds firefighters on-duty while they protect community

ROANOKE, Va. – While many families spent Thanksgiving Day with loved ones or friends, for first responders in Roanoke, today was just another day at the office.

Usually a local church makes the Roanoke firefighters and EMTs a home-cooked meal so the crew doesn’t have to worry about going out on a c

Roanoke Fire-EMS crew members share a meal together on Thanksgiving Day, donated by a local church.
Roanoke Fire-EMS crew members share a meal together on Thanksgiving Day, donated by a local church. (WSLS)

all and having to stop cooking their own holiday dinner.

But this year, because of COVID-19, the Fellowship Community Church partnered with a restaurant to have the meal safely delivered so that the crew was able to still enjoy a meal together.

“That one moment where you know you truly helped someone, makes all the sleepless nights, all the long days, all the worn down, beat down, break down days and nights, that makes it worth it,” said crew member Nathan Bryant.

The fire station is usually open to the public on Thanksgiving. However, this year, it was limited to immediate family.


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