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Emergency responders not taking a day off

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's that time of year when most people get to spend time with family, open presents, and take the day off, but that doesn't go for everyone.

With the exception of a few stores, everything is closed on Christmas Day, but for firefighters and police officers, they know despite it being Christmas, they can't afford to take a day off.

"Working on Christmas Day, obviously it's a holiday, you would like to be with your family and friends, but the nature of the job, you have to work a job like this. So it's one of those things that's expected," said Firefighter Kevin Hickey.

"It just takes that one instance if we weren't there, who knows what would happen," said Police officer Craig Hufford.  

This is the third Christmas that Hufford has worked while a part of the Quincy Police Department, but because it's Christmas doesn't mean officers don't get called.

"As the day goes by, later on in the afternoon, we get a few calls for family disturbances," he said.

Firefighters are also treating this day as any other workday. Whether it's taking inventory or checking the radio, firefighter Brad Kendrick, who's worked numerous years on Christmas Day, said it comes with the job.

"It's one of those things since we're expected to be here, 24 hours at a time, so yeah it's one of the many commitments we make when we join the fire department," Kendrick said.

And people do say they're grateful knowing if anything bad happens they can call those who are working.

"It's very comforting knowing my family's going to be protected if something happens if there's a fire or something like that, it's very protecting," said resident Philipp Seibert.

"I know that during this time, there are things going on and we still have emergency services, and I respect that police and fire fighters are out working today," said resident Ron Mann.  

 

Firefighters and Police officers weren't the only emergency responders working.  Ambulance crews were also on duty Christmas day.  
 

 

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