Serving Tulsa on Thanksgiving

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/28/2013 11:13 pm Published: 11/28/2013 11:11 pm

At Tulsa Fire Department station 25, near 41st and Memorial, firefighters were still able to enjoy the festive feast and make it a family affair while they waited for calls.

Big appetites are pretty much a staple in any fire station.

"Three turkeys: smoked, baked and fried; and we had two hams, both baked; mashed potatoes, all the goodies with all the turkey and plenty of dessert," Capt. John Sawyer Jr. tells FOX23.

However, on this Thanksgiving, it wasn't just firefighters chowing down.

Since they couldn't go home to their families, their families, and even pets, came to celebrate with them.

"We have distant families come in from, say North Carolina, some come from California. And they drive in all this way, and they get to spend time with their families. And get to see their family at the fire station, too, working and obviously celebrating Thanksgiving, too," Sawyer said.

But for some of these families, it's more than just a regular Thanksgiving, it's a bond that's connecting generations.

"Retired in '95. And right after I retired, my son came on the job," John Sawyer Sr. told us.

And eventually... the younger Sawyer ended up at station 25, the same place John Sawyer Sr. worked for years.

"I would always come up to the fire station to spend Thanksgivings and Christmases and things when he worked here. So, it's really special to me to have him up here after I made Captain," Sawyer Jr. explained.

They're not the only ones here who share the bond.

"And you think about the little kids here that someday will probably be a fireman," said Sawyer Sr.

It's celebrations like this one that bond generation to generation and firefighter to firefighter, and their families that Sawyer Sr. says makes this such a special place to work.

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firemike922 - 11/29/2013 5:34 AM
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Let's not forget TPD and EMSA, or are they not as important?
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