For many that protect and serve, the holidays are a time spent away from their family. But the Moline Fire Department created a home away from home for Christmas.
Good food, laughter, and comradery. It might have looked like any other family dinner, but it was actually a group of fire fighters that came together for Christmas. The Moline Fire Department has their own traditions to make the holidays more enjoyable to work.
"We pretty much do routine things you would do at home together. We clean together, we cook together, so it's just those types of things we do that develop into a relationship. It's just like at home where everyone pitches in and does their share," said Firefighter Brian Vyncke.
The workers spend on third of their lives together and for many it's a second family.
"It's tough being away from my family but at the same time the environment helps a little bit and makes it easier," said Firefighter Neil Anderson.
For Christmas all the fire departments across Moline get together for a meal. They swap recipes and compete to see who is the best cook.
"We eat together, and we do a lot of storytelling and laughing unless we get called on a call," said Anderson.
"We just try to keep it light, its a tough enough job so we try to keep it as entertaining as possible.
Most of them celebrate with their families on other days, but say they appreciate their time together and they understand it's part of the job.
"You know we are still here to help people who need us to do our service to the citizens and serve and protect. It's something we are honored to do," said Vyncke.
Turns out that even if your working on Christmas, that doesn't have to damper your Christmas Spirit.
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