Police Chief Cel Rivera, Lorain Police Department
I always hear speeches and awards that start out with “I would like to thank my family and friends” – This Thanksgiving those words mean more to me then ever. I have gone through many changes this year. I have to say without my parents and close friends I would not have made it. These past twelve months I have made more friends then I have in my entire life. They have helped me in more ways then I can ever explain. Like most holidays, this Thanksgiving I will be working the road. The Sunday before will be the day my family and I celebrate this special holiday. My parents, my daughter, and one very special person will be joining me for a day of Thanks.
So when asked, “What are you Thankful for”, this year I say my loving parents who have helped me out unconditionally and without hesitation. My two-year-old daughter Madaline, who with a hug, kiss, and a “I love you daddy” makes everything OK. She has changed me so much this year, more then she will ever know and I thank her for that. An angel came into my life this year as well. She is a loving, supportive, and most of all understanding person. I look forward to each time I see her. Without her, life would be incomplete. This angel’s name is Rashelle, and I want to thank her for all she has done for me.
Trooper Chris Ausse, The Ohio State Highway Patrol
This year I promised myself that I would be thankful for all of the things that we take for granted on a day-to-day basis. I am thankful for the roof over my head, because so many people don't have that luxury. I am thankful for food to put on the table, not just today but everyday.
I am thankful for my husband, because without him, I wouldn't have two wonderful children, a shoulder to cry on and someone to curl up to when I am cold. For my children, because despite the fact that I have lost three babies, God has still blessed me with two beautiful children, who love me, and I know too many people who can't have babies themselves. For my family and extended family/friends, who are full of love and support.
For my work friends, without you I couldn't have landed the career of my dreams, one that provides substantial things for my family and myself. I will do my best not to let any of you down.
And lastly, I am thankful for TMC NEWS and Terry Costigan...with out you, I would be so out of the loop!
For anyone or anything I missed, sorry and Happy Thanksgiving!
Abby Chenoweth, Wife, Mother, Friend, Litigation Paralegal
I'm most thankful for my family, my beautiful fiancée and our kids. We had a great year with vacations, and all the sports that the kids play.
I'm also thankful for the guys I work with; they do such an incredible job. They make me look good with all the hard work and extra tasks they perform.
Fire Chief Frank Root, Avon Fire Department
Thankful? Where do I begin? To be alive in this country, at this point in history, is a gift more bountiful than I can express. My family, my friends, the graceful and embracing community in which we live. The men and women in uniform who have, and do today, risk their very lives to make ours more livable. And for my job, that allows me to observe and sometimes share the wonderful stories of the people of Northeast Ohio.
But you know what I am most grateful for? A day, a holiday, when we are asked to humbly recognize the wonderful things that we have been given. This day is a gift that offers far more than it asks of us.
Tim White, Channel 3 News Anchor
This year, I am thankful to be alive. I'm thankful for my friends and family, for a roof over my head, and a chance for tomorrow. I am also thankful that my career is going so well, I recently guest starred in Law and Order and have starred in numerous independent films. My band Whale
is doing well and has been featured on Fox News and played on some major market rock stations. Music and acting are passions of mine and I am thankful that I am able to be doing both.
PS- I'm most thankful that this is Bush's last year in office! Yay!
Ben Curtis, Actor / Musician
Curtis is best known for his commercials as the "Dell Dude"
I’ve been blessed enough to be thankful for many things: wonderful friends and family who keep a smile on my face and laughter in my heart (you know who you are); excellent co-workers who constantly give of themselves; my health (although I am aging rapidly); watching my daughter move ever closer to giving birth to her first born, a day I never in my wildest dreams thought would happen (thank you Dr Getty); seeing my son make it through the year without major surgery (just those 2 minor ones, huh Eric?); Mel Brooks, may he live on in infamy; and finally, I haven't been mentioned in “Sundays with Jason”.
Rhonda Purdy, R.N. EMT-P