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People were hard at work on Christmas.  59News caught up with those who serve and protect us 365 days a year.  They say crimes and emergencies do not take a break.

59News was there, as Beckley firefighters were responding to a fire alarm call on Christmas Day.  Luckily, it was nothing serious.

"For us, it's just another day.  Emergencies don't take a holiday.  Somebody has got to be here to protect and serve the citizens of Beckley, so we consider it a privilege," said Clifton Laws, a firefighter with the Beckley Fire Department.

Laws says he has worked two out of the past five Christmas holidays.  He says firefighters in Beckley work on a rotating schedule on Christmas.

Police officers in Beckley were also hard at work.

"It's joyful when people can have peace on Earth, as they state.  Other than that, it feels pretty good (to work on Christmas)," said Patrolman Joe Stewart, with the Beckley Police Department.

As of early Christmas evening, things were not too busy for officers in Beckley.  Also hard at work were those who dispatch firefighters and police officers to emergencies.

"For me, it's not so bad.  I don't have small children.  I'm going to get off at a decent time... we can have our festivities this evening," said Tammy Terry, a clerk and dispatcher with the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department.

Because there are no breaks for crimes and emergencies, responders say they are glad to work, while many people are nestled up next to their Christmas trees.

Medical staff, tow truck drivers, and employees at some stores also worked on Christmas.  NBA players and coaches were hard at work, as there were five games on Christmas.  Also a lot of people in broadcasting just like your friends at 59 News worked on Christmas.