Most people spend the Thanksgiving holiday gathering with loved ones.
For some, it's just another day on the job.
While much of the country was digging into the Thanksgiving feast, millions of police officers, nurses and firefighters were clocking in to work.
As you gathered around your table with family, Mount Juliet assistant fire chief Jamie Luffman sort of did the same.
"We've got six of us on today. We have good food, a plenty," said Luffman. "It's tough being away from family, but I think for me, and I think for these guys here, if you can't be with the first family, be with the second family."
At Station 9 in Nashville, turkey fryers signaled a familiar feast, not only for firefighters but also for their families.
"It's a regular day. You never know what kind of calls you're going to make," said Buddy Byers, a Nashville fire chief.
"I've been doing this, it's my 38th year, so I'm kind of used to it. I think we're going to have 50 to 60 people here to eat tonight, so we're cooking for our family."
Duty can call at a moment's notice. But on Thanksgiving, it just remains part of the job.
"We're out here working," said Mount Juliet police officer Eric Joubert. "We have families at home. We like to spend time with our families also, but we're out here doing our job."
At Mount Juliet Fire Department, however, this marks the first year for this tradition.
The department only started 60 days ago, another reason for Luffman to give thanks.
"This time last year, we were sitting on an empty lot," said Luffman. "We were still just a dream."
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