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Labor Day laborers optimistic about working the holiday

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many of you are fortunate enough to not be working on this day all about celebrating work and the economic and social impacts of workers. However, there are still those who are stuck in the daily grind as usual.

Law enforcement officers, restaurant workers and nurses are among those laboring hard on this Labor Day because life goes on even on a holiday.

“It feels really good,” said Sara Hobgood, nurse in the Mother-Baby Unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “You know, sometimes, when I’m on the other end of it as a patient, if I’ve had to go to a hospital at night or something like that, you’re just so appreciative that someone’s there. So I feel really glad to be here and just helping them. It’s been a great day, and I’m just really enjoying the moms and the babies.”

Hobgood says newborns make their entrance into the world every day. She said working the holiday isn’t so bad because the hospital is quiet and not as chaotic. Hobgood said she’ll get off work around 7:30 p.m. and plans to spend the last few hours of the holiday hanging out with her own kids.

“I don’t mind working on Labor Day,” said P.T.’s Grille cook Mike Gerics. “I’m sure my wife appreciates it also, bringing home some money. Can’t have off in the restaurant business. People want to eat every single day, and we’re gonna be here to work for ’em.”

Gerics said it’s important to stay open for the folks who do have the day off. He has plans to hit the beach after work, but said he’d enjoy time at home just as much if the rain ruins his plans.

“We know in law enforcement, when we go into it, there’s a lot of holidays, a lot of weekends, late nights,” said Sergeant Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s truly a passion that you have to have, or it’s not something that’s going to work out for you. Working holidays just kind of comes with the territory.”

Brewer said he’s certainly passionate about his work and especially about keeping the residents of New Hanover County safe. Brewer said Labor Day Weekend is a busy weekend for the sheriff’s office because it’s the unofficial end of summer, which means many people are out and about on the water and in town.

The Labor Day laborers said they knew what they signed up for when they decided to take on jobs that never stop and are happy to have them.

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