Life of a first responder, working through the holiday

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Updated: 12/25/2013 9:30 pm Published: 12/25/2013 6:18 pm

A Christmas day usually consists of opening presents and spending time with loved ones, however there are some jobs that can cut that time short, and being a firefighter is one of those jobs.

FOX23 spent the evening with the firefighters at station #16 to find out if working on the holiday is any different for them.

FOX23 spoke with firefighter Alex Rolison, and he explained how a little fried fish brought the firefighters together on Christmas.

"We had all the companies in the district rotate through and had a big fish fry; it was a good time," said Rolison.

Instead of spending the day with their families, firefighters spend it with each other.

"Any day we can come into the fire station and enjoy the camaraderie between the guys it's a good time," Rolison said.

"Everybody got to stop by and visit, the camaraderie is part of it, it was really good, because they are just like family to us, you are away from your family but you are still kind of around your family," said firefighter Arthur Candler.

To these firefighters, they are each other's second family.

Firefighter Chad Bentley said, "It's not bad, we all love this job and being with people that love this job is a close second, even though you would much rather be with your family."

Bentley says that the calls on Christmas can be a bit different, "It makes you more soft hearted, when someone calls 911 it's their worst day when it's supposed to be a good day."

FOX23 asked how smooth today went for the firefighters at station #16, and they said it was a little busy this morning but the rest of the day was pretty laid back.

The firefighters who are working into Christmas night, will wait for a call that they are needed in the field, as if it were any other day..

Most the firefighters who worked Christmas Day were able to spend some time with their families yesterday and celebrate.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/26/2013 8:49 AM
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Great group of guys. My buddy high centered his El Camino pulling awY from the pumps at 6th and Lewis. No more go. There was a fire station right across the street then. Six big ole burly firefighters just left the store and they saw the INCIDENT. They stopped picked up the car/truck carried it a few feet like it was nothing. They were showing off. But not for us, for each other. I guess they put fish on the menu because Jesus made it rain fish in the desert. TFD thanks for the service. I don't guess there are any firemen in hell. The fire is still burning. In the end God will have to forgive the devil and all the sinners in hell. To forgive is devine. And God IS Devine.
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