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Community ‘takes care’ of first responders on holiday

Published 1:46pm Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Many of the officers of the Dadeville Police Department will be on the job trying to keep the city’s streets safe while most folks enjoy the feasts and fun of Christmas Day.

But the guys working will still have a chance to get a taste of the holiday, DPD officials said.

“The good thing about being in a small, warm community like Dadeville is that when we have officers working on the holiday, people from all over will call to ask if they can drop something off for them,” said DPD Sgt. Investigator Jonathan Floyd. “They end up getting well taken care of thanks to the citizens.”

Floyd said there have already been calls from a few citizens wondering what they had for the officers on Christmas. And invariably, he said, a few more will drop stuff by — either freshly cooked or leftovers from their own Christmas feast — to be sure the city’s first responders are taken care of.

“That’s just part of being in a great small town like Dadeville,” Floyd said.

Capt. Jeanna Brewer of the Dadeville Volunteer Fire Department said they always have a few around the station on Christmas. A few firefighters and their families make sure there’s something tasty for the personnel on duty to enjoy on the holiday.

“Somebody always makes sure to take care of us on Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she said.

Brewer added they have to make sure to have people on hand Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, because those are peak times for fires.

The mad dash to get dinner ready, coupled with the prevalence of candles and quickly drying Christmas trees, makes the holiday one of the busiest times for fire departments in cities both large and small.