Firefighter paramedic James Carlisto Jr. of the Maricopa Fire Department received the "Serving Those Who Serve Us" Award from Village Inn Restaurants in December for working Christmas Eve and Christmas four years in a row to let firefighters with children be home for the holiday.

Hometown: San Jose, California

Residence: Chandler

Family: Wife Ashley, dog Bear, mom Leonor and dad Jim

Education: Associate’s degree in fire science Mesa Community College; Associate’s degree in Paramedicine from Phoenix College

Hobbies: Working my second job as a Realtor and hanging out with friends and family

Years on the job: 8

Favorite part of the job: Getting to work alongside great people to keep Maricopa healthy and safe.

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