EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– Whether the weather says so or not it was Christmas Day. That means many families got the day off work to spend together. But then there are those who don’t get the day off because they’re busy making sure we’re all safe.
Eyewitness News hopped in the front seat of a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s car Wednesday afternoon as one deputy patrolled the west part of the county.
He says working in a day like today can be hard on him and his family but he took an oath so he’s proud to be out on the roads tonight.
During his five years with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff Lucas Ray has clocked his fair share of holiday hours. But just because he’s done it before doesn’t mean it gets any easier.
“All our family, all our friends there home enjoying the family time enjoying time with friends having family dinners and we don’t always get to do that,” Lucas Ray says.
The good thing is though, the supervisors in charge know it can be hard so they do what they can to help.
“they ask us before the shift what district what section of the county our family gatherings are going to be in,” Ray explains.
That way if the night allows those working can pop in the way Ray got to.
“I was assigned to the northwest section of the county and I was able to stop and get some food at my aunt and uncle’s house.”
But the short appearance doesn’t always feel like enough time,
All first responders have a responsibility to respond.
When the call comes in. Even when it’s hard on their families.
“But they understand that we have a job to do in a duty to protect the citizens in the county and they are ultimately ok with it,” Ray says.
Deputies weren’t the only ones out. First responders from all departments were in uniform instead of Christmas pajama.
(This story was originally published on December 25, 2019)