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For Firefighters, Working Holidays Part Of The Job

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ARLINGTON (CBS 11 NEWS) - It may be Thanksgiving, but not everyone gets the day off.

At Arlington Fire Station No. 12, there is much to be thankful for.

It’s the first time in Kevin “Goose” Gosselin’s 15 year career that his family has joined him at the fire station to celebrate Thanksgiving.

For Gosselin, it means having his work family and real family together in one place.

“It’s kind of special that I’ve got both my families here,” he said.

It has been challenging for Gosselin and his life, Linda, and their two daughters to celebrate together over the years. You might say their jobs, and their lives, revolve around helping others.

“She is nurse and works in the emergency room,” he said. “Emergency rooms never close and fire stations never close. So one of us always has to be work and someone has to be at home with the kids.”

The celebration at the fire house is much like everyone else’s: lots of food, lounging and watching football and of course, cleaning and packing up leftovers.

But despite the holiday, there is still work to be done.

The firefighters can be called out at any moment.

“The bad part about it is when the fire department shows up, it’s usually not a good thing for someone else,” Gosselin said.

But it’s those moments, when they are helping others, that put life and Thanksgiving in perspective for the firefighters at Station 12.

“I’m very thankful for my job,” he said. “I wouldn’t give it up.”

Working holidays is just a part of life for the Gosselin couple.

“It’s a job that’s 24/7, 365 days a year and so we are just lucky enough that we have jobs that we love and that’s part of it,” Linda Gosselin said.

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