Not Home for the Holidays

Local Heroes Working to Keep us Safe During the Holidays

Article by Scott Bell

Photography by Plum Poppy Photography

Originally published in Gallatin Lifestyle

Ken Connelly, Firefighter, Gallatin Fire Department, Truck 1. Ken has been assigned to the downtown fire station for the last three years as a member of GFD. Married for ten years and with three kids, Ken says the hardest part of being away is missing out on family traditions but many times at the fire station, members will put on a family dinner where firefighter families can come and spend time with their loved ones.

Michael Shore, Patrol Officer, Gallatin Police Department. Officer Shore has been with GPD for a little over three years. He loves being able to serve and protect our city over the holidays but this year will be even harder being away from home as he and his wife just had their first child and not being home for his daughter’s first Christmas will be the most difficult during this holiday season.

Scott Coffey, CEO/Owner/Nurse Practitioner, Comprehensive Health and Wellness. Scott has called Middle Tennessee home since 1999 and knows that working during the holiday season is an opportunity to help his patients who are ill during a difficult time. His working days are filled with any little thing possible that may make a patient’s day brighter, jamming to holiday music and treating staff as family during the holidays (and everyday)!

Emma DFreitas, Paramedic and Jude Kimmel, A-EMT, Sumner County EMS, Gallatin Fire Station 4 (Big Station Camp). Emma and Jude acknowledge the challenges of being away from family and friends during the holiday but say their fire and EMS coworkers make up an even larger family for them. Being there to help on a patient’s worst day, especially on a holiday, is worth it to them and why they love what they do.

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