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As you will notice from our directory below, we have two Jennifers. In actuality, we have just one – Jen Faust. The other Jennifer listed below goes by Rosie.
For future communications and to insure that information is delivered to the right representative, please refer to Jennifer “Rosie” Rose as Rosie.
Christmas trees are a traditional part of the Christmas holiday. They can also be a major source of fuel in a fire.
- Christmas trees were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 210 reported home structure fires per year in 2009-2013.
- Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in 30% of Christmas tree fires.
- 18% of home Christmas tree fires involved decorative lights.
- Wiring or related equipment was involved in 12%.
- Cords or plugs were involved in 5%.
- 24% of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
- 80% or four of every five Christmas tree fires occurred in December and January.
Fire-Dex was formed after A Best Products Co. purchased Morgan Protection Apparel in Rome, GA in 1983. Since the primary business was manufacturing welding and firefighting gloves with good dexterity, the name “Fire-Dex” was an obvious choice.
Fire-Dex strategically grew by adding more accessory items such as fire hoods and suspenders and then began manufacturing structural turnout gear in 1987. Expansion continued in the following years, adding ParaDex EMS and USAR Gear. In September of 2008 Fire-Dex acquired the Chieftain brand, bringing with it a long history in the fire industry, dating back to 1927.
Fire-Dex entered the firefighting footwear market in 2010 when they launched their first structural firefighting boot, the FDXL-100 Red Leather Boot.
Finally, TECGEN® PPE became a Fire-Dex brand in September of 2015.
Who is the cook for your Thanksgiving meal?
John Zbozien: My sister does an amazing job! My dad usually cooks the bird, deep-fried, and everyone else brings a side dish. We ALWAYS have WAY too much food!
Abby Buzon: I do…with help from my hubby!
Jenny McPherson: Kyle and I have two Thanksgiving meals – one with his family and one with mine. Our parents are the chefs, so we bring the wine!
Steve Allison: The entire family prepares together in the kitchen. We even draw straws the night before on who puts the turkey in the oven at 5:00am.
David Moore: My mother cooks the majority of our meal, however, we all pitch in with our special dishes.
Tony Moore: My wife, Sue. She cooks for at least 6 others who join us.
What are you most grateful for?
John Zbozien: My family and friends. We express our gratitude by cheers’ing, and cheers’ing som more, over various rounds of Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
Abby Buzon: I am SO grateful to have been blessed with a happy, healthy, bouncing baby boy 6 months ago, for my wonderful, loving supportive family (husband included of course), and for having a job that I absolutely love doing. I express my gratitude by trying to knock my family’s socks off with my mad cooking skills!
Jenny McPherson: I’m extremely thankful for my family and friends. Without their support, patience and unconditional love, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Steve Allison: We are blessed for our family members who are alive and healthy.
David Moore: I am extremely grateful for all of the family and the time we get to share with each other.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
John Zbozien: The deep fried turkey! Soooo good! The key is the peanut oil.
Abby Buzon: The old standard Betty Crocker Stuffing! Here’s the link to the recipe, but I think I could tell you by heart.
Jenny McPherson: My dad’s Apple Crumb Pie! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving dessert. You can’t get much better than warm apple pie and vanilla ice cream!
Steve Allison: Pumpkin Pie
David Moore: Hands down I am a Mash-Tater lover! Oh yeah, and you can’t forget the wine.
Tony Moore: Turkey!
Share a Thanksgiving tradition that is important to your family every year.
John Zbozien: The night before, my Dad, Sister and I all get together to make “Mom’s Stuffing.” We have a recipe, and follow it to the letter, but it never ends up tasting like how my Mom always made it. So we add a little more of this or a little more of that until all three of us agree that it tastes just like Mom’s!
Abby Buzon: We don’t have one! We just eat and eat and eat. All the classics! We look at the Black Friday ads but wouldn’t DARE go out there. Then I will throw on a Christmas movie at the end of the day and start decorating the next day.
Jenny McPherson: Thanksgiving Day we go from one family’s house to the other. We are lucky enough to get two Thanksgiving dinners! Kyle and I spend the day after decorating for Christmas and eating delicious leftovers.
Steve Allison: We do a family walk after our meal. Some years when it is cold and snowing, there is a lot complaining but still mandatory. Making room for more food and getting ready for afternoon naps and football.
David Moore: Every Thanksgiving morning…my Father, Brother, and myself all go hunting together rain or shine. A thanksgiving tradition we have carried on for years. And my sister is obsessed with watching the Macy’s day parade….so, that is a tradition that I have to put up with by default….but I don’t mind one bit!
Tony Moore: The main tradition is that I make a ton of Turkey soup with the bones and everything left. It usually lasts until Christmas when I get to do it all over again.