As a kid growing up I always heard stories about the Brake men and how my father, grandfather, and even great grandfather all worked as fire sprinkler fitters. Way before I was born my grandfather Roger Sr., who was working for Grinnell at the time, moved from Georgia to Bridgeport Connecticut to do a job there. He and his young family moved north and never went back. I remember for years my father purchasing used gang boxes, threading machines, and various hand tools and storing them in our garage. I didn't know at the time but he was planning on doing for himself what he had been doing for others. In 1978 he took a step of faith and gave his notice to the Mitchel and Bailey Company in Bridgeport where he had been running their fire sprinkler division and ventured out on his own. He traded in his shirt and tie for a pair of coveralls and that year Brake Fire Protection, Inc. was born. I was in high school at the time and I remember working in the shop threading 1" drops and painting his newly used tools "safety orange". I knew at that time that after college I wanted to come back and work with Dad, not necessarily as a fitter, but as a designer. In 1988 after graduating from LeTourneau University in Longview Texas with a degree in Design Technology and Business I did just that. At first I worked under my father, then alongside, and eventually over. Today dad is retired and living with Parkinson's but I know he is proud of what he started and what I continue. Dad built this business on Christian moral principles and by dealing with people with respect and integrity. I strive to continue in his footsteps. Please let me know how I'm doing. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me by clicking on this link and I will personally reply to you in a timely manner.