Sometimes Labor Day means real work for Kansans

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

While most enjoyed a Labor Day barbeque, pool party, campout, or some sort of final summer hurrah Monday, some spent the holiday that celebrates America's workers by... working! 

That work could be their daily job or a gift to others.

"Typical day for the fire department.  You know, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, we're here," said Capt. Thomas Anderson with the Wichita Fire Department.  "It's the job we signed up for."

He was one of hundreds of firefighters across the city responding to calls Monday.

"We do training today and we have our typical work we have to do.  So, it doesn't stop," he said.

KAKE News caught up with Anderson and his crew at a small electric fire at a local restaurant.  Just a block away, three Wichita Police units were helping some motorists.

From minor traffic accidents to missing persons, police officers spent their Monday still working their daily beats.

"The city doesn't stop and neither do we," Anderson said.

And, of course, news crews were busy across the city and in newsrooms like KAKE's, working to keep you caught up on everything from the Labor Day parade to how Hurricane Dorian may impact your work week starting Tuesday.

All of this, though often a case of out of sight, out of mind, is relatively normal for Kansans in certain jobs.  But sometimes, our crews stumble across a form of work we're not expecting.  One might call it free labor this Labor Day.

"Great weather, picking weeds makes it look good, and it's not that hard of work.  So it's been enjoyable."

Jeremy Gooch was part of a group of families from Central Christian Church that decided to give up part of their holiday to help clean up the greenery at the entrance to their church.

"We're cleaning all this and trying to make it look a little bit more presentable for the big church picnic on the fifteenth," Gooch said.

Their attitude about volunteering their labor on a holiday meant to celebrate the workers of America one that recognizes the importance of community.

"They needed help, so we decided that this would be the easiest day for us to come out here and do some work together," he explained.

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