Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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December 27, 2012

Jail doesn’t shut down for holidays

GLASGOW — Tracy Greer volunteered to work both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this week. It’s something she does every year.

Greer, a deputy jailer at the Barren County Detention Center, volunteers to work so her co-workers, who have young children, can be off from work.

As the mother of two, Greer knows all too well what it’s like to have to work on Christmas, so that’s why she does it.

“I remember what it was like,” Greer said.

Greer’s children are now 14 and 20.

“The Santa Claus phase is over,” she said.

That doesn’t mean she won’t celebrate with her children.

“We will still have our Christmas,” she said, adding they just won’t be celebrating on Christmas Day. She and her family plan to get together later.

Greer is one of several people in the area who worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, joining police officers, firefighters, 911 dispatchers, nurses, doctors, EMTs, paramedics and CNAs, among others.

Not all jail employees who worked Monday and Tuesday volunteered to work those shifts. Some ended up working those days because it was their normal shift.

Debbie Deckard, receptionist, is a part-time jail employee who typically works Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Because several employees, such as Greer, agreed to work Tuesday, others like Deckard and Deputy Jailer Benji Moore were able to take off on Christmas Day.  

Deckard planned to be with family on Tuesday.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Wednesday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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