Local truck driver treats Duluth Fire Department to Thanksgiving Feast

Local truck driver treats Duluth Fire Department to Thanksgiving Feast
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2021 at 12:03 AM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) -- Thanksgiving Day is a time when many Northlanders gather with loved ones for a meal, but for many first responders, it’s just another day at the office.

It’s one of the busier days for the Duluth Fire Department.

“Thanksgiving is one of our bigger days for kitchen fires, so we’re typically pretty busy on Thanksgiving,” said Department Chief Shawn Krizaj.

All eight of the city’s firehouses will be staffed on the holiday.

“In total, we have 36 people on duty,” said Krizaj.

Teddy Avey is a truck driver who lives in Proctor. He’s often away from his family during the holidays, too.

“I drive a truck and I know how it feels to be away from home. I can’t go to birthday parties and holidays, so I know how it feels,” said Avey.

So this year he decided he’d help those in a similar boat by bringing Thanksgiving meals to all the firehouses in Duluth.

“Last week I dropped the turkeys off, then on Saturday my brother and niece dropped off the other stuff,” said Avey.

The other stuff is all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal including pie, potatoes, and rolls.

Treating workers to Thanksgiving is becoming a tradition for Avey.

Last year he bought dinner for many of Duluth’s police force.

According to Chief Krizaj, his workers are thankful for more than just the food.

“So of course our personnel really appreciate it, we don’t expect it. But it’s really nice to have people like Teddy recognize the fact that we are away from our families,” said Krizaj.

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