Durant Fire Department, a small station in Oklahoma, decided to feature the new babies born to six of their thirty-three man crew, on this year’s Christmas card.
“Every year my wife and I put together a Christmas card we send out to different businesses in the city that have helped us out through the year,” chief Roger Joines told ABC News. “My wife and I were trying to decide what kind of picture we wanted to put on there. It’s usually a fire truck or the guys in front of the station. But we had 6 babies this year and my wife said, ‘Hey let’s put them on the Christmas card.’ After that, the ladies took it and they ran with it, getting them matching PJs to wear and everything.”
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“It made for a really great Christmas card,” Joines added. “And what better way to celebrate six new babies at one time. That might not be a big deal in a big place like Dallas or Houston, but six babies in a fire department of only 33 is a pretty special thing.”
According to ABC, the pictures went viral after engineer and paramedic Richard Parker submitted them to FireRescue1.com.
“Firefighters tend to say brotherhood and family defines their core being. So when this small paid department of 33 looked back on the year and saw that six of their brothers had newborn babies, it was time to show the public what was at the core of their department,” Parker wrote in a post on the website.
Joines said featuring the children on this year’s card may have started a new tradition for the department.
“It would make a good throwback card when they’re all [high school] seniors to have them all on the front bumper of the truck,” Joines said. “There’s one girl out of the group, the rest are all boys. That poor girl isn’t going to be able to do anything without this entire fire house knowing.”
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