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For people across Lowcountry, Thanksgiving celebrated on the job

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

While many people enjoyed Thanksgiving at home with their families, some people were working.

First responders, employees in the medical field, food service workers and more spent their Turkey Day on the job.

“We signed up for it when we signed up for this career,” said Christan Rainey, a firefighter with the North Charleston Fire Department.

Rainey has worked on Thanksgiving for two years. Meanwhile for some firefighters this is their first time.

“It’s weird being away from family, but these guys here are my family too,” said Andrew Woodall, another firefighter. “So it’s nice to have a second family to come to if I can’t see my family back in North Carolina.”

The crew at Station 5 on Dorchester Road went big for Thanksgiving, as they always do; roasting and frying turkeys for everyone.

“We cook every night as a family and Thanksgiving is no different,” Rainey said. “We spend a third or our lives with these guys.”

The comradery on Thanksgiving seems to be a common thing among first responders.

“We’ve done our own sort of celebration,” said Sergeant Sean Engles, with the Charleston Police Department. “We’ve got a potluck going on at our office. Each member of the squad brought a dish they like and shared it.”

It’s not just first responders who are having to work though.

Food service workers are spending part of their Thanksgiving on the job.

Mellow Mushroom by the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston is one restaurant that decided to open on Thanksgiving.

“We asked for volunteers to work because of our proximity to the outlet mall,” said bar manager Jimmy Longbottom. “We thought it would be worth it for us to be here.”

The restaurant hasn’t been open all day though, managers said they are aware of how important the holiday is to spend time with family.

“The idea was to give people the opportunity to have lunch or early dinner with their family and then come in here,” Longbottom said. “That’s the reason we did it.”

Whether it be responding to potential emergencies, or curbing those hunger pangs, these folks are ready to help out on Thanksgiving.

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