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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- While you were home with family or friends on Christmas, many others were out working.

Firefighters, officers and even some businesses were on the clock this year.

Keeping an eye on the Nativity display at Greensboro College is a full-time job for Stancil Locklear. That includes Christmas.

"It's my first time ever having to work on Christmas and being away from my family is hard but we have to do what we have to do," said Locklear. He had to sacrifice time with his 7-year-old daughter to be here. "I had to say my goodbyes to her a while ago but she made sure I opened up a lot of stuff before I left."

It's a similar situation for some on the Greensboro Police force. "Since I had to work today, my family, we moved ours to Sunday," said Greensboro Police Officer Eric Coon.

Coon says 80% of their typical staff is working on Christmas day. They were anticipating a busy night. "We're potentially going to have some domestic disputes," said Coon. "Usually they're going to occur later in the evening when people start getting together for family events."

Next door at Fire Station No. 11, several firefighters are on stand-by. "For us, it's just another day at work," said Firefighter Brad Jones. "A lot of people creating havoc out there on a holiday. Everybody's moving around, it gets kind of busy."

This Christmas was no different. While WFMY News 2's Chad Silber was there, they responded to a fire alarm at Econolodge down the street. It turned out to be a false alarm. Either way, they're away from loved ones on a day meant for family and friends. "It's not as bad as it sounds because we are like family here so it's your second family that you get to work with," said Jones.

As for the Nativity Scene, security will be there every night until it's taken down on January 1st. They've increased their surveillance after multiple cases of vandalism. Back in 2007, some destroyed every piece of the old Nativity scene. They replaced it only to have someone steal one of the shepherds two years ago.

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