Tonight is Christmas Eve and I’ll be working like many other soldiers, police officers and firefighters. As far as our duty goes it’s just another night. I’ll go in early and relieve the day shift officer so he can get home and have dinner with his family. After our usual routine we’ll have dinner together then settle in for the long fourteen hour overnight shift. Tonight will mainly consist of maintaining the watch over our local. Hopefully it will be quiet. As much as I like fighting fires, there is one night of the year I absolutely want no part of it and that’s Christmas Eve. Fires at Christmas are especially tragic so we always hope for a quiet night. Before I go in I’ll have an early dinner with the family. I’ll see them in the morning and we’ll spend Christmas day together. Good night everyone. Please check your smoke detectors and electrical cords and appliances especially around your tree and decorations. Have a peaceful night.