NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Most spend Christmas with family, celebrating and staying safe.
There are some who sacrifice the holiday to keep us safe.
One of those on the job Christmas Day is Angelle Hayes.
Hayes is a nurse at the emergency room at Tristar Summit Medical Center.
Since emergencies never stop, Hayes will be working through the holidays.
“Christmas, what are we here for? To be Jesus for other people,” Hayes said.
Though she won’t be celebrating with her parents and siblings, she’s okay with it.
“You kind of have to put yourself in other people’s shoes. If I had family members that were in the hospital and needed help, I would want somebody who was really wanting to be there. Who had a giving heart to help them out.”
For the past 13 years, Dr. Les Lenning has worked Christmas.
Dr. Lenning is a husband and the father of two boys.
“My kids really enjoy opening Santa’s gifts in the morning and a lot of the years I am not there… That’s probably the biggest personal sacrifice to me,” he told News 2.
The sacrifice is something patients like Billy Walker appreciate.
“Anybody that’s dedicated to work through the holidays and help other people, it’s really nice and I thank them 100 percent,” he said.
First responders don’t get Christmas off either.
“I know we have to sacrifice a day ever now and again, but it’s worth it,” Firefighter Guy Flowers told News 2.
Even though the firefighters have to work the holiday, they said what makes it better is that neighbors drop off food at the fire station to help them have a merrier Christmas.