Thanksgiving different for local law enforcement

Posted at 1:00 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 00:17:00-05

Most of us get to enjoy a big meal and time with our families, but some people have a more important job to do.

Lt. Kyle Johnson leaves his house and heads to work. It may be Thanksgiving, but it's just another day on the job for this Wagoner County Sheriff deputy.

"I look forward to getting up everyday and going to work," Lt. Johnson said.

One of his first stops is to check on an elderly couple.  While most of us may be feasting away on turkey, Lt. Johnson is keeping the community safe. It's a job his wife, Jessica, says society takes for granted.

"Police officers are shot sitting in their car," she said. "I mean he could simply be stopped at a gas station getting gas and someone come up and shoot him just because of him being a cop."

This past weekend, an officer in San Antonio and another in Detroit were shot and killed. It's a scary thought for this wife and mother of two young children.

"Everyday I get home and go to sleep, my biggest fear is that knock on the door," Lt. Johnson's wife Jessica said. 

Nowadays, law enforcement are making less and the risks are more. But Lt. Johnson says it's not about the money.

"It's part of the job," he said. "Somebody has got to be out doing it 24 hours day, 7 days a week. It might as well be me."

This deputy will turn the tables when he sits down at his Thanksgiving feast Monday and most of us will be the ones working.