FORT SMITH (KFSM)-- Most people spend Thanksgiving at home with family, but for first responders and emergency personnel, they spend their holiday protecting their citizens.
Firefighters on Shift B at Station 1 in Fort Smith spent their day creating new Thanksgiving traditions, complete with a steak and potato dinner.
Firefighter Phillip Parker said while it is difficult being away from family, he is still with people whom he cares about.
"This is my second family, my second home and to us it's just another day." Parker said, " It's good to spend it with a good group of guys like this."
Parker's and Firefighter Eric Morrison's families stopped by the station Thursday (Nov. 26) to drop off desserts and spend some time with their loved ones during the 24-hour shift.
"It means a lot to me to be able to have a job where my family can stop in and kind of spend a little time with us on a day like today," Morrison said.
Shift B responded to two false-alarm calls during the afternoon, but all the crew agreed that is what they're here for, to protect the community.
"It's just another day to us," Firefighter Jeff Branch said. "It doesn't matter if it's a holiday or a week day or what, when the alarm goes off we have to go."
The firefighters said while they worked Thanksgiving, they will have Christmas Eve and Christmas off to spend with their families.