Volunteering to Work on Christmas Day

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Many professionals across Kanawha County are giving up their family time on Christmas Day to serve you.

It may be tough to leave family behind and head to work on a holiday. For many men and women, Christmas Day is just another day to serve. Putnam County 911 Dispatcher, Mike Call, has been working Christmas Day for as long as he can remember, from answering emergency calls to fighting fires.

"I like to see my family on the holidays, but I just consider it another work day, always have for the last 30 years," Call says.

It's not just the people protecting us, working in the office or on the street on a holiday, there's also plenty of people working hard to serve.

Ray Runion, general manager of the Shoney's in Charleston says that since they pay workers double time, it isn't hard to get people to work. Employees change their plans and have Christmas on a different day.

The buffet meal at Shoney's is a family tradition for many each year.

"It's been very busy since 11:00," Runion says. "Every year it seems to be getting better and better. We started doing it because people didn't have anywhere to eat on Christmas Day."

Shoney's was open for 12 hours, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. At the Putnam County 911 center, at least three dispatchers answer calls around the clock.

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