First responders work through holidays to keep you safe

MESA, AZ - It's the same thing that probably happened in your kitchen this Christmas: a lot of chopping, stirring, mixing and baking to create the perfect meal.

But ABC15's cameras were invited to a family gathering that was less than typical at a Mesa fire station.

"You kind of have to take care of each other," Justin Dutra said.

The support system at the station is way more than your typical 9-to-5 job.

"I mean we work together 24 hours a day, 10 days a month," said Captain Mark Jaconelli.

The men and women are family, a family that happened to be on call for the holiday.

"It's really not big deal. We're thankful to have a job and thankful to be able to come to work whenever we can," Dutra said.

Thankfully, they were able to squeeze in a home-cooked Christmas dinner, with a few interruptions as the firefighters were called out to check on 911 calls.

"It's unfortunate when someone does have to call 911 but at least we're there, we get to help them," Dutra said.

The firefighters invited their families to the station to celebrate the holiday with them.

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