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Emergency workers at work on Thanksgiving

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They're the two most forefront things on people's minds during Thanksgiving: food and safety.

Much of America's workforce takes a break Thursday, but there are several industries that, thankfully, stay open.

Captain Mike Moore with the Waterloo Fire and Rescue Department said emergency responders see a higher volume of calls on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Beyond the daily calls, he said, emergency responders are also contending with cooking fires, as well as other holiday-related emergencies.

"We're here to save lives and protect property, and that's what we'll continue to do," Moore said.

He and 25 other firefighters throughout the city kept people safe on Thanksgiving.

"The Christmas holiday and Thanksgiving are the biggest holidays, the family ones, so these are kind of hard ones to be away from home," he said. "We just make the best of it when we're here."

A turkey dinner in the station's kitchen helped make the holiday more complete.

"Even though we're having turkey and all the fixings, we're still here to protect the community, so when 911 calls, we drop everything and go," Moore said.

Speaking of food, there were several thankful Hy-Vee customers Thursday afternoon.

"You bet! It sure saved my day," shopper Jerry Grapp said. "My daughter and my wife decided at the last minute they wanted turkey, and I didn't get up in time to cook a turkey, so I came over here and they were ready to close, but they were very gracious and fixed me up two turkey dinners," he said.

Amber Kleiner is a Hy-Vee manager and said employees saw it all Thursday morning.

"Yeah, rolls, pies, stuffing, beer," Kleiner said. "I think it's nice, people get to pop in and get whatever they need."

The store closed for the holiday at 2 p.m.

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