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Feast at the firehouse becomes Thanksgiving tradition

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On the outside, it's a normal work day for firefighters at Savannah Fire station six. The engines and trucks sit outside the bay ready to roll out to help those in need.

But inside station six, the atmosphere is a little different. While ready to answer the call, the firefighters were also putting the finishing touches on a Thanksgiving feast.

"We've been frying three, maybe four turkeys," said advanced firefighter Wesley Stoneman. "We also have two hams."

Not to mention, plenty of side dishes and desserts. Plates were piled high with food the firefighters will share with each other and their loved ones. For Wesley Stoneman and his family, Thanksgiving at the firehouse has almost become a tradition.

"This is my third Thanksgiving here at the station," Wesley Stoneman said. "It actually works out really well. We've got tons of room and a huge yard so all the kids can run around and play football. It works out nicely."

"It allows our children to go and see what dad does and why he is at work on the holidays," said Dusti Stoneman, Wesley's wife.

But both Dusti and Wesley admit, celebrating away from home isn't easy.

"It was an adjustment at first," explained Dusti Stoneman. "He's gone a third of the year and lives with these guys a third of the year so really the firefighters are extended family. Its nice for us to interact more, get to know them more, and get to know their families as well."

And, as if on cue, emergency operators radio in a call for help. And with a wail of a siren, for some firefighters, the Thanksgiving lunch abruptly comes to an end. But Wesley Stoneman said the little time they share with loved ones was well worth it.

"What are you most thankful for?" WTOC asked Wesley.

"My family," he quickly replied. "Always my family. My little ones, my son and daughter, and my wife."

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