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Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) We in the news business know that news never sleeps and that working during the holidays is par for the course.
"For the Twin Falls City Police Department it just falls on our schedule. It's a rotation basis, so you can check a year out and know whether you're going to be working or not," said Ofc. Timothy Arredondo, Twin Falls Police Department.
Police officers are on a short list of people who work on Christmas day.
"You get used to doing it after so many years you kind of just plan your holidays and family time around this job," said Arredondo.
FORTUNATELY, THE CALLS ON CHRISTMAS ARE USUALLY MINOR, MOSTLY CALLS REGARDING FAMILY DISPUTES.
"People trying to get custody of their kids or argue about paperwork. After people have their dinners and drink alcohol, then it starts becoming alcohol induced arguments between family members," said Arredondo.
But, at the end of the day the rewards of the job far outweigh the sacrifices.
"I love my job. I love helping the community, providing a service and helping this community combat crime," said Arredondo.
Working right along side the officers are dispatchers, the unsung heroes of law enforcement.
This is Corey Blackers second year in a row working on the holiday.
"Sometimes we'll do a potluck. Other times we just enjoy the peace and quiet and read and play games," said Blacker, Twin Falls Police Department Dispatcher.
For Blacker, it's just part of the job.
He chooses to focus on the positive.
"It's always fun when we can help someone solve a problem, get things taken care of,” said Blacker.
But, either way it can be a tough day.
"All of our extended family is out celebrating while we're sitting here for a twelve hour shift working, making sure everyone else is enjoying the holiday,” said Blacker.
Just two of our many emergency personnel serving the community during the holiday season.
Movie theater employees, fast food workers, doctors and firefighters, to name a few, are also working this national holiday.