Christ­mas aay an­other day at the of­fice for some

North Penn Life - - News - By Michael Alan Gold­berg mgold­berg@jour­nalregis­

While most area res­i­dents got to spend their Tues­day cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­day with fam­ily or friends, or at least en­joy­ing a day off from work, for oth­ers — po­lice, EMS SrRvLderV, fire­fiJhWerV, doc­tors and nurses among them — Christ­mas aay was MXVW DnRWher dDy DW Whe RI­fiFe.

“I don’t mind work­ing the hol­i­days,” said Lans­dale po­lice Sgt. oyan aevlin, who’s worked Christ­mas the past few years. “We have a ro­ta­tion and the sched­ule is set up a year ahead of time, so we all know in ad­vance when it’s our turn. But it’s not too bad.”

aevlin said that the num­ber of calls that come in Christ­mas aay is about the same as an av­er­age day, in­FOXdLnJ Whe XVXDO WrDI­fiF DF­ci­dents and a few domestic dis­tur­bances.

“arunk driv­ing goes up a lit­tle bit since peo­ple are go­ing from place to place vis­it­ing peo­ple, hav­ing one drink here and one drink there,” he said. “But all in all, it’s pretty much a typ­i­cal day.”

Though he ad­mit­ted it can Ee D OLWWOe dLI­fiFXOW IRr VRPe RI­fiFerV whR hDve kLdV WR Ee away from their fam­i­lies on Christ­mas, aevlin said that the de­part­ment’s spir­its have been lifted by the num­ber of lo­cal res­i­dents who’ve come by po­lice head­quar­ters in re­cent days with cook­ies, hoa­gies, plates of hot home­made meals, candy canes, cakes and more.

“We’ve got tons of food here,” he laughed. “I can’t even tell you how good that makes us feel, know­ing that the res­i­dents of Lans­dale care and sup­port us. I think PRVW SeR­SOe knRw WhDW firVW re­spon­ders are out there ev­ery day, and es­pe­cially af­ter what hap­pened in Con­necti­cut, I think peo­ple are aware of what we do. So it’s really nice that peo­ple are think­ing of us at the hol­i­days.”

“When some­one knocks on their door with a meal, they ap­pre­ci­ate that more than you can even imag­ine,” said Lans­dale’s Colleen mopiny, a co-founder of The Wives of Blue — an or­ga­ni­za­tion of po­lice spouses through­out Mont­gomery County in­volved in var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble causes and rais­ing aware­ness of all that cops and their fam­i­lies do for the com­mu­nity ev­ery day of the year. ln their Face­book page, the Wives of Blue re­cently en­cour­aged peo­ple to bring food to their lo­cal po­lice de­part­ment.

mopiny’s hus­band, a tac­tiFDO reVSRnVe WeDP RI­fiFer, had to work Christ­mas aay and be away from their three young chil­dren.

“There’s noth­ing you can do, it’s his job, but I’m very proud of him,” she said. mopiny added that through­out the day, she was send­ing her hus­band pho­tos and videos of the fam­ily bak­ing cook­ies and en­joy­ing other hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties, “just so he can see the kids’ fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

“Some peo­ple out there don’t get it — they just ar­rested some guy try­ing to steal one of the wise men from a na­tiv­ity at a church,” she con­tin­ued, “but then you have the res­i­dents who put their blue lights out at this time of year WR VXSSRrW IDOOen RI­fiFerV. SR you have a lot of good peo­ple RXW Where, Dnd he definLWeOy feels ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Mean­while, over at the ma­tient First med­i­cal cen­ter in Mont­gomeryville Tues­day morn­ing, ar. llga Vin­sh­tok, the fa­cil­ity’s med­i­cal di­rec­tor, said that she and her staff of doc­tors, nurses, u-ray tech­ni­cians and oth­ers were a lit­tle busier than usual this Christ­mas.

“meo­ple are coming in very VLFk wLWh D ORW RI FROd Rr flX symp­toms and they’re very glad we’re open,” she said.

Like most Christ­mases, mi­nor lac­er­a­tions were also com­mon this year “be­cause peo­ple are cook­ing or reck­less with knives,” said Vin­sh­tok. She also ex­pected to see a few cases of food poi­son­ing as the day wore on, as well as twisted an­kles or even bro­ken bones “if it’s wet and slip­pery out­side, or if peo­ple maybe have a lit­tle bit too much fun and they trip and fall.”

Vin­sh­tok said that she usu­ally works ae­cem­ber 25th be­cause she’s ous­sian lrtho­dox, so she cel­e­brates Christ­mas in Jan­uary.

“I take the place of some­one else so they can en­joy the hol­i­day with their fam­ily, and then I’m off on my Christ­mas,” she said. “But for the peo­ple who are work­ing to­day who cel­e­brate, we try to make it as pleas­ant as pos­si­ble. Ev­ery­body brought in home-cooked meals and we have the dec­o­ra­tions up, so it’s not so bad. It’s ac­tu­ally kind of fun.”

And just like po­lice sta­tions around the area, ma­tient First re­ceived some ed­i­ble gifts from res­i­dents, too.

“meo­ple brought in dough­nuts, all kinds of things for us,” Vin­sh­tok said. “That’s really nice, and even though peo­ple come in very sick, they’re very happy and ap­pre­cia­tive that we’re here for them on Christ­mas, so that feels good.”

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