By Gary Nelson

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Most of us will have a Rockwellian Thanksgiving at the table, surrounded by friends and family.

But the dinner bell won’t “toll” for some.

After he finishes his shift, toll taker Romalo Giagoi will be in transition…but not from work to mealtime.

“I will go to sleep because I work two jobs,” said Giagoi.

Unlike when it first opened (hence its name), 7-11 stores are open on Thanksgiving Day.

Employee Fatima DaSilva said she doesn’t mind.

That might be because Said Shah, another employee, talked his wife into cooking.

“My wife is preparing something and she will bring it here for the employees and all of us, and we’ll do well,” Shah said.

Florida State Trooper Carl Holm doesn’t mind, either.

“Part of the job, sir,” Holm told CBS4’s Gary Nelson.

At Baptist Hospital, angels of mercy were tending to the sick, because the sick can’t take a sick day.

“It’s tough being away from your family, but once you see your patients well and ready to go, it just means a lot to you,” Cris Miclat, a registered nurse said.

Firefighters willingly accept this duty, too.

“It’s a privilege to be in this position to serve and protect others,” said Shane Pyle of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, let’s not forget those who work to keep our friends and family alive, put out our turkey fry fires, and pull over those who would endanger us on the roads.


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