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Celebrating Christmas on the clock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -


For first responders, Christmas is just like every other day of the year. 

Holiday cheer cannot distract them from their important job of keeping the community safe. 

"We still respond to all the calls, medical, fire, car wrecks, anything that the public needs," Firefighter Patrick Hart said.

But while they waited for those calls, to celebrate the occasion, the crew at Lubbock Fire Rescue's Station #1 cooked up a special holiday meal.

"One of our captains brought us some steaks for Christmas and so we're having some big steaks and baked potatoes and sauteed vegetables," Firefighter Aidan Mooney said.

Getting to spend some quality time with each other is not hard to come by for these co-workers. 

"We spend about a 1/3 of our year here with these guys, and they've been good I've enjoyed working with them, " Mooney said. 

"There's serious time, there's joking around time, but we all have fun, it is like a family and a brotherhood," Hart said. 

And they still make it work when it comes to enjoying the holidays with their loved ones at home.

"My parents and sister came in town so we did Christmas Eve together, and this morning, Christmas morning," Hart said.

"I've got a 3-year-old, a 5-year-old and an 11-year-old. Santa Claus came for us, on the 23-rd. That way I would be there when Santa came and the kids were excited and woke us up and all sorts of stuff and we just make it work," Mooney said.

And when duty calls, they are still ready to go at a moment's notice, even in the middle of Christmas lunch. 

For the firefighters, it is worthwhile to be working even on the holidays. 

"I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. I love it," Hart added. 

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