Laboring on Labor Day

By Julianne Sweeney

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 1, 2008 at 10:33 PM EST

Labor Day is meant to be a day of rest.

But not everybody is able to kick back and relax.

As Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney tells us, there's a group of men who work 'round the clock, laboring on this Labor Day.

Municipal offices.

The United States Post Office.

And plenty of businesses.

All are closed on Labor Day.

But the Endicott Fire Department remains open for business.

"When you take the job, it's a given that you'll be working some holidays, and it's just the way it works out." says Fire Captain Jim Fletcher.

The Endicott Fire Department is open 24-7.

Fletcher has been on the job 26 years.

He says if firefighters had Labor Day off, who would protect the community?

The department has 6 firefighters on duty.

They've already responded to 4 calls, including 3 medical emergencies.

"We do it. We always do it. We've always done it. And we always will." says firefighter Dana Stockton.

When they're not out on the road, these guys take care of the department.

And that includes washing the fire engines.

They say it's all in a day's work.

"For me in particular, and for most of the guys, it's more of a calling. So we really enjoy the job." says Fletcher.

"And picked a typical job...Does that ever cross your mind on a day like today? No. I enjoy my job a lot, and I wouldn't trade it for anything." says Stockton.

The tough part of the job is time away from their families.

They say they can handle working Labor Day.

Working Thanksgiving or Christmas is another story.

The Endicott Fire Department rotates 24-hour shifts.

So it varies from year to year, when a firefighter is scheduled to work a holiday.

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