Thankful this Thanksgiving for our First Responders

As many of us are busy this month making Thanksgiving plans to see friends and family, it’s also important to remember not everyone is able to go home for the holidays.  Especially the incredible members of the City of Sandy Springs Fire Station, many of whom have to work during the holidays in order to protect our community.  This month, we shine a spotlight on three of the fire station’s crew and some of their revised holiday traditions, proving “home” can be both where your heart and dedication is, adding one more thing for all of us to be thankful for this year!

 

JORDAN RYLE

Firefighter – Engine 51 A Shift

Q:  What is your favorite “new” holiday tradition at the COSS Fire Station?

A:  Most of the holiday is typically spent working and making sure those in our community are safe, however it helps that my crew is literally a part of my family.  No matter the day, holiday or not, we love spending the shift together whether it’s working out, playing games, or watching movies during any small break we get.

 

Q:  What special things do you do with your family before or after to make up for the time spent during the holiday at the firehouse?

A:  After 11 years of being of service, my family and I just consider it the norm, and typically celebrate either the day before or after the holiday I spend at the station.

 

Q:  What is your favorite thing about what you do for a living?

A:  My favorite thing is the nature of this job – I never know what I am walking into but you always have your brother walking right beside you.  The bond I have with my crew is inseparable.

Q:  What is something you love about the community you serve?

A:  Sandy Springs is extremely thankful and supportive of our department – which makes it incredibly gratifying.

Q:  What are you most thankful for this year?

A:  I’m thankful for both my family and my fire department family.  I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to be a foster parent.  I’m thankful for the best friends and brothers I have in Kyle Hudson and Austin “Louie” Myrick!  So much to be thankful for!

 

KYLE RUTHERFORD SWEENEY

Lieutenant – Engine 51 A Shift – Station 51

Q:  What is your favorite “new” holiday tradition at the COSS Fire Station?

A:  Eating!  Lots and lots of eating!  Our top priority is being there in case there is a situation that needs our attention, but I also enjoy working out and team sports with the crew when we can sneak in the time – which is always a blast especially on holidays.

 

Q:  What special things do you do with your family before or after to make up for the time spent during the holiday at the firehouse?

A:  My family will usually come to the station and visit at some point during the holiday and we all have dinner together with the crew.  Usually everyone’s family stops by at some point on holidays, which is nice.

 

Q:  What is your favorite thing about what you do for a living?

A:  So much – I really consider the job that we get to do as one of the best.  I guess my favorite thing is the satisfaction of being able to be there for people on their worst of days. 

 

Q:  What is something you love about the community you serve?

A:  Sandy Springs is incredibly generous and it continually amazes me.  Everyone is so supportive of the work we do.

 

Q:  What are you most thankful for this year?

A:  Hands down my family – my baby boy Carter, my lovely wife Katie, and the great “second” family here at the station that I spend a third of my life with.

 

KYLE DOUGLAS HUDSON

Firefighter II / Paramedic

Q:  What is your favorite “new” holiday tradition at the COSS Fire Station?

A:  Every year our entire crew goes out to a nice dinner together during the holiday season.  Last year we went to Fogo de Chao. Even holidays are work days for us at the station, so it’s nice we can celebrate on a different day.

 

Q:  What special things do you do with your family before or after to make up for the time spent during the holiday at the firehouse?

A:  My family always makes sure to stay flexible with times.  Typically, we celebrate together as a family in December when we go on a cruise every year.

 

Q:  What is your favorite thing about what you do for a living?

A:  Spending quality time with my crew.  Especially when we get a chance to play some team sports such as indoor bay hockey!

 

Q:  What is something you love about the community you serve?

A:  The people of Sandy Springs are very generous and thankful.

 

Q:  What are you most thankful for this year?

A:  Good health, for both myself and my family.  I’m also incredibly thankful that I have a crew that makes work both fun and entertaining.