Ex-NFL player turned Phoenix firefighter works Super Bowl Sunday

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There's no off day for firefighters. They worked on Super Bowl Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There's no off day for firefighters. They worked on Super Bowl Sunday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Roy Lewis played in the Super Bowl in 2009. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Roy Lewis played in the Super Bowl in 2009. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Lewis played for the Steelers. (Source: Roy Lewis) Lewis played for the Steelers. (Source: Roy Lewis)
Lewis said he has lived two dreams in his lifetime: being a football player and a firefighter. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Lewis said he has lived two dreams in his lifetime: being a football player and a firefighter. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
MARYVALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Super Bowl is kind of an unofficial national holiday. But while a lot of people spend their days at parties and enjoying the game, a lot of other people were busy at work.

Reporter LiAna Enriquez spent the day at the firehouse with some of Phoenix's finest and found one of their own is a former NFL player.

Work never ends for first responders. Even while trying to get an interview with Capt. Ray Sanchez, the emergency alarm rings and the sound of duty interrupts our interview.

"Oh gotta go, it's a fire!" Sanchez said.

Between calls, these firefighters try and make the best of special days like today.

"We have to work holidays all the time, but we try and make the best of it. This is our family away from home, our second family. We come here and have business as usual but make the best of it," said Sanchez.

But when the calls come, they suit up and go.

They try and get a meal in and a quick peek at the game score before the next alarm rings

"We catered out. We're enjoying our dinner, but if we get a call, we go on a call. We come back. We get used to eating cold food," says Sanchez.

And for the guys here at Phoenix Fire Station 25, watching today's Super Bowl is a little extra special, especially for firefighter Roy Lewis.

"I was telling the guys as they were doing the National Anthem, I started getting goosebumps," Lewis said.

Lewis played professional football and lived out the experience he's now watching.

"This is the 2009 Super Bowl championship ring. We faced the Arizona Cardinals. I know I'm in the wrong territory to be saying that but it was a great experience, and I loved every minute of it," Lewis said.

He's now traded in the football for a fire truck.

"Here as a probationary firefighter, or a booter, I'm responsible for making sure the dishes are clean, the floors are swept, so I got a pretty good sweeping technique. I'm a pretty handy trash man ha!" Lewis said.

And he loves every minute of it.

"That was actually my plan before football developed. There's not many people that that say they get to live both their dreams in the same lifetime, so I truly feel fortunate and blessed," Lewis said.

His captain agrees he made the right career move and pokes a little good humor at him.

"I didn't think he was a good football player. He's probably a better firefighter hahaha!" Sanchez said.

Lewis says becoming a firefighter was his dream even before football. Spending a few hours with these firefighters, you gain a whole level of appreciation for all that they do. They didn't get to watch much of the game at all and had to eat their meals in phases. 

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