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5 minutes with Craig Police Department SROs: On winter break

School Resource Officer Ryan Fritz stands next to his festive ride on Friday, Dec. 21 the last day of school prior to Winter Break.
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CRAIG — Moffat County School District School Resource Officers Ryan Fritz and Nathan Businger are on Winter Break, so for December’s “5 Minutes with the SROs,” the Craig Press thought it would be enlightening to get their take on some nagging holiday questions.

Following are their responses.

Craig Press: Do you believe in Santa Claus?

SRO Nathan Businger: I do not, because I am very good all year and have been asking for a go-kart for Christmas for the last 25 years. I still don’t have a go-kart.

SRO Ryan Fritz: Wait … what? People don’t believe? Of course I do, unlike Officer Businger (who might have been a little naughty to not get his go-cart). I distinctly remember at about 5 years old getting the GI Joe doll (action figure) that I asked the big man for. 

Who is your favorite reindeer and why?

Fritz: Donner: I think he does not get the credit he deserves as a supportive character. Maybe it has something to do with his position in the reins? 

Businger: I like Comet the best, because, like me, he is handsome and good with kids.

If you were able to spend winter break traveling, where would you most want to go?

Businger: That’s easy. Disneyland.

Fritz: My family went on a Disney Cruise last year. We would do that again in an instant. It was so much fun spending Christmas with Mickey and Goofy.

Santa prefers to travel by sleigh. What is your favorite mode of winter transportation?

Fritz: Year-round, our Jeep. It’s pretty highly modified, so it’s more of a toy than basic transportation. 

Businger: Anything with good tires. Four-wheel drive is nice, but good tires make all the difference. I grew up driving muscle cars year-round and never had any issues.

What is your favorite holiday treat and why do you like it?

Businger: Puppy chow. It tastes great and has peanut butter, so it must be healthy.

Fritz: You know that peppermint bark, the kind made with dark chocolate? That, and some good coffee, but that’s every day for me. 

Team Grinch or Team Scrooge? Who is grumpier?

Fritz: I think I would prefer the nomadic lifestyle of the Grinch, as long as I could keep my Jeep. But I like Scrooge; he actually has a believable backstory. 

Businger: Team Grinch. I could see myself living on top of a mountain with a dog. I would say the Grinch is grumpier, due to his secluded lifestyle and hatred in his heart.

If you could be a character in a holiday movie, who would you be and why?

Businger: Cousin Eddie, from “Christmas Vacation.” He’s not afraid to be different and looks out for his friends and family.

Fritz: Ralphie, from “A Christmas Story.” I never got the BB gun I wanted, and I think I could rock the bunny suit!

How do you ring in the New Year?

Fritz: We usually spend it together at home. We watch the ball drop on the east coast and call it a night. 

Businger: I typically watch movies, and end up in bed long before midnight.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution you’d like to share?

Businger: I plan on 2019 being the year I go pro in arm-wrestling. As long as I can stay healthy and avoid injuries, I should be there by this time next year.

Fritz: I don’t actually make any. I try to improve myself daily.  

Finish this sentence: The best thing to do on winter break is …

Fritz: Spend time with my wife and kids doing nothing! Our lives are so busy now that we don’t just sit and hang out anymore. This year, I think there’s going to be card games and maybe some board games. 

Businger: Spend time with family, and relax!

What winter activity do you enjoy the most? The least?

Businger: This might sound weird, but I really enjoy shoveling. It’s a great way to stay in shape during the winter months. My least favorite activity is walking on ice. I haven’t fallen on ice since 2016, but that day haunts me every time I walk on icy pavement.

Fritz: Hunting, shoveling snow. 

Not everyone enjoys the holidays. What do you do if you see someone who is sad at this time of year?

Fritz: I totally understand. We see and even feel a lot of heartaches this time of year. We’ve all lost family and friends that we miss. I would ask people to reach out to anybody, and that if someone is reaching out to you, be kind, be supportive, and if you don’t think you are the right resource for that person, get them to someone who can help. 

Businger: Holidays can bring all sorts of emotions. For me, my grandmother died just three days before Christmas in 2016, which was a very sad time. It’s important for all of us to recognize that holidays aren’t always a happy time for those in our community.

I do my best to reach out to anyone who might be struggling, not just during the holidays, but really any time of the year. I let people know that they’re important and not alone. I would encourage anyone who is struggling to reach out to a friend, family member, neighbor, or community resource and ask for help.

Would you help put the internet controversy to rest and tell us — once and for all: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?

Businger: Yes. Absolutely.

Fritz: Again, people don’t believe? Most definitely! 

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.