Many Rockford workers stay on the job Christmas Day

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) While many consider Christmas a day spent with family some just consider it another day of work.

"Everybody working, it's a holiday for everybody we are pretty close and we gave gifts and everything like that so it's pretty cool,” said Brent Phillips, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Phillips has worked 13 Christmas and will continue knowing he's helping people stay safe.

"Anytime where people are drinking more than usual or emotions are high from people visiting who aren't always getting together so we have domestics," Phillips said.

But to keep the holiday spirit alive Philips tries to interact with people by waving a wishing them a Merry Christmas.

"We like to dress up and spread the joy to our patients,” said Kaley Contarino, MercyHealth.

Nurses like those at MercyHealth say Christmas is a critical day on the job.

"When children are sick, mom and dad are doing all they can to make it special for them it's nice that we can step in as well," said Amanda Scheffner, MercyHealth

The Rockford Fire Department makes the most out of their shift with a special tradition.

"We make it a little bit special for ourselves by making a nice meal during the holidays,” said Lt. Trevor Hogan, Rockford Fire Department.

Many times they receive goodies and notice people are more appreciative.

"You get more people saying thank you and God bless you because people understand you are out working on Christmas Day while they are out with their family," Hogan said.

Although the people in these professions do not get to spend the holidays with their immediate family, they all agree it's fun to spend it with those they call their second family.