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Some workers remain on the job for Christmas

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Firefighters with the St. George Fire Department remain on alert Christmas day. Firefighters with the St. George Fire Department remain on alert Christmas day.
Officer Kama Rousell with BRPD is all smiles as he describes his Christmas morning. Officer Kama Rousell with BRPD is all smiles as he describes his Christmas morning.
These unlucky few WAFB employees drew the short straws and had to work Christmas day. These unlucky few WAFB employees drew the short straws and had to work Christmas day.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

While many enjoy the holidays at home, spending time with family, there are still those whose jobs didn't stop when Santa arrived.

There probably isn't anyone who really wanted to work on Christmas day, but there were some people who were on the job to keep the public safe.

Watching A Christmas Story on Christmas day seems like the next thing to do after opening gifts at home, unless you're watching it from work, like the men at the St. George Fire Department did Wednesday.

"It is tough," said Assistant Fire Chief Chad Roberson. "I got a wife and two kids at home today."

Roberson said working on Christmas Day comes with the territory.

"Some Christmases we are working, some we are off, so it kind of rotates. When it is our turn, we have to step up and do our part and help protect the public," he added.

Protecting people is the reason why Officer Kama Rousell with the Baton Rouge Police Department never complains about working on Christmas.

"Somebody has to work the holiday," Rousell said.

So, he spent Christmas morning with his wife and kids, sharing a special moment.

"It's over emotional. You start thinking back to when they were little, when they were born. And you dream, as a father, about them growing up and opening up presents, because that is what you went through," he explained.

But, what about the hard working men and women who make stories possible for people to watch, delivering news that matters the most.

"Because the news never sleeps man, the news never sleeps," said Byron Thomas, a WAFB videographer.

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