First responders and health care workers will be on the job to help to keep us safe

First responders and health care workers will be on the job to help to keep us safe

On Wednesday, Dec. 25, millions of people will gather with friends and family members for their Christmas celebrations.

It will be a day with promises of joy and celebration, a day of turkey dinner and gift-giving, on what is our society’s biggest celebration of the year.

But some among us will not be able to take part in the festivities on Dec. 25, as they will be hard at work on that day.

These include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, health care workers and other first responders who will be working on Christmas Day.

READ ALSO: Grinch steals Christmas early from Vernon pair

READ ALSO: Fire damages Terrace family’s home 10 days before Christmas

Others will also be on the job on that day to ensure utilities and other services are running smoothly.

And some, such as electrical workers, will be on call, ready to leave their family celebrations at a moment’s notice if an emergency suddenly arises.

While one hopes for an uneventful day on Dec. 25, there have been times when crews have been busy dealing with power failures, accidents or other emergencies on Christmas Day.

For these workers and for their families, Christmas Day will not be defined by celebrations.

Instead, they will give up their festivities on that day to ensure everything runs smoothly for the rest of us.

While they may choose to move their Christmas celebrations to Christmas Eve or Boxing Day, or perhaps to another day during the week, the change in date will affect the tone of the festivities.

This commitment and sacrifice should be acknowledged.

If you know first responders, health care works or others who will be working on Christmas Day, take the time to extend warmest wishes for the holiday season.

Their dedication, on this day and throughout the year, will help to ensure the Dec. 25 festivities for the rest of us can remain merry and bright.

— Black Press

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

This sign was put up at McKinney Place in Oliver to thank the heroes working through Okanagan’s deadliest outbreak of COVID-19. (Facebook)
Oliver councillor calls on province to give seniors dignity and safety in long-term care

Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger’s resolution urges for single-bed rooms for all seniors in care

Shane Koyczan spent February going to the art spaces that sit empty, breathing some life into them through his spoken word poetry which has been shared on the Chan Centre's Dot Com series which premiers March 12. (Facebook)
Penticton’s famed spoken word artist Shane Koyczan reflects on the pandemic in new show

The show premiers March 12 and features Penticton art centres hit hard by COVID-19

Members of the Total Restoration South Okanagan team in 2109 at the Chamber Business Excellence Awards. (Contributed)
Penticton’s Total Restoration up for ‘Best Community Impact’ award

The BC Small Busines Awards will announce the winner in May

(Kevin N. Hume/Black Press file)
Penticton’s bike lane gets $1 million provincial grant

The grant must be used by the end of 2021

Columbia Elementary School. (Google Street View)
Pilot program comes to Columbia Elementary School in Penticton

The initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, is for four-year-olds

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 395 new COVID-19 cases, 10 additional deaths

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region

Kelowna Law Courts. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Accused Kelowna Canada Day killer confessed to ‘murder’ in drunk tank, court hears

Noah Vaten is charged with manslaughter related to a killing on Canada Day in 2018

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

(File photo)
Federal Court exonerates Kamloops Mountie in burger beef dispute

A Federal Court ruling has overturned punishment in case involving a cop, McDonald’s manager

Numbers of new COVID-19 cases for the week of Feb. 14 to 20 appear to be trending down for all local health areas in the North Okanagan-Shuswap. (BC Centre for Disease Control map)
Weekly COVID-19 case count continues downward trend in Central Okanagan

BC CDC data show 36 new cases in the region over Feb. 14-20

A 50-year-old man was stabbed in an altercation that started with a disagreement about physical distancing. (File photo)
Argument about physical distancing escalates to stabbing in Nanaimo

Victim, struck with coffee cup and then stabbed, suffers minor injuries; suspect arrested

(Phil McLachlan - Black Press file)
Enderby man prohibited from driving after colliding into Kelowna bus stop

Vehicle was towed, 35-year-old man served 24-hour driving prohibition

Columbia Elementary School. (Google Street View)
Pilot program comes to Columbia Elementary School in Penticton

The initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, is for four-year-olds

A 50-year-old Lake Country man was arrested and cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl were seized from his vehicle after a concerned citizen called in the suspicious vehicle idling on the wrong side of Woodsdale Road Feb. 18, 2021. (Lake Country RCMP)
Drugs, cash seized from suspicious three-wheeled vehicle in Lake Country

Man, 50, arrested after police respond to concerned citizen’s call

Most Read