BREAKING NEWS Three hospitalized following shooting off of London Road Full Story

Christmas Day workers spread holiday cheer

Police officers, firefighters, hotel staff, grocery store workers, gas attendants, pilots, air traffic controllers, and waiters all have to work December 25.

Posted: Dec 25, 2019 5:54 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2019 9:29 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- As thousands of families in Western Oregon relax with family and friends, there are still people who work to make sure Christmas Day is a success.

Police officers, firefighters, hotel staff, grocery store workers, gas attendants, pilots, air traffic controllers, and waiters all have to work December 25. Some people, like Brian Hartwig, actually chose to work the holiday. Hartwig is a driver for GrubHub and said he likes to deliver food on the holidays.

"You know there are people who just don't have the opportunity to get out," Hartwig said.

People who work Christmas Day still spread Christmas cheer despite working an eight hour day. Raymond Hurley is a manager at an IHOP in Springfield and said he likes being able to serve people their holiday breakfast.

"It's a great thing. It's great to bring joy to other people, especially bringing people joy with food," Hurley said. "It's one thing that I love to do. It's always a good feeling to make someone else smile."

Others work because they know that their services are needed no matter what day of the year. Eddy Cabrera is a dispatcher for Ray's Towing and he likes working Christmas and helping those who need a lift.

"They feel a sense of relief that they were able to reach someone on a day like a Christmas day and that they're going to get their problems solved," Cabrera said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19097

Reported Deaths: 326
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah445092
Washington283023
Marion266767
Umatilla199624
Clackamas140136
Malheur67310
Deschutes5378
Lane5183
Lincoln3919
Union3882
Jackson3851
Yamhill35911
Jefferson3103
Morrow3041
Polk28812
Linn24810
Klamath1941
Hood River1690
Wasco1613
Benton1556
Douglas1321
Josephine1051
Coos840
Clatsop800
Columbia780
Crook431
Lake320
Baker300
Tillamook280
Wallowa191
Curry140
Sherman140
Harney80
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Few Clouds
62° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 62°
Corvallis
Overcast
57° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 57°
Roseburg
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 62°
North Bend
Broken Clouds
61° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events