By: Cole Miller
While many businesses shut their doors over the Christmas holiday, there are a few that must stay open.
Doctors, nurses, police officers, and firefighters at all of Lincoln's 14 stations are just a few of the people that spend the holidays away from home.
Fire Station 5 had a real Christmas with hot casserole, deviled eggs, and a very generous slab of steaming prime rib.
Designated chef and truck driver, Mike Wright, has spent the last three Christmases at the station.
"It's basically like being with your second family," said Wright.
He said while it is tough to be away from home, the station becomes his second home.
"There's obviously a brotherhood. When you work with someone 24 hours a day, we can't escape each other because we're here, there's no place to go where you can hide, we're always together," Wright said. "Just the camaraderie, brothership forms because we depend on each other when we go out."
But even on the holiday, there are no certain lunch breaks. While some engines take calls, the cooking continues.
And after a short while, they are back and ready to dig in.
"This is a day to just relax, lay back," said Robert Borer, Fire Station 5 Captain. "We just make sure we have a good day together, good fellowship and good food."