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Why We Do This - Nick's Story

July 07, 2017 | illumagear Author | Products
Why We Do This - Nick's Story

We know what really matters: getting home safe at the end of each day. We created the Halo to help make sure you do. We talked with one of our customers, Nick Novak, about his work and why it’s important for him to stay safe.

Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Nick Novak. I’m 34 years old and hail from New Jersey. I joined the army at the age of 16 with both parents’ consent and a GED. I spent 8 years in the army with 4 tours deployed — 3 in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. I was injured in combat and given a medical retirement. Since then, I have been an electrician, a welder, and a heavy rescue/recovery tow truck operator.
 
How does the Halo help during your work? 

As an electrician working on high voltage lines and in cabinets, I don’t have a free hand to hold a flashlight. The Halo sits on my hard hat so I can see my work area and have both hands free to do my job.
 
When I work as a tow truck operator, I’m right in the middle of the highway most of the night — either directing traffic or hooking up chains to the cars. My life has never been safer than since I started wearing the Halo. The traffic and cars respond to my presence immediately — I noticed starting the first night I wore the Halo.
 
Have you ever had any close calls on the job? 
      
Before I wore the Halo, it was a hit or miss chance whether I’d be seen or not. Back in 2005, I was towing a car from an accident scene on the New Jersey turnpike at 3 am. Our scene was driven through by a tractor trailer at high speed. I had to jump over the guard rail into a body of water to avoid being killed. I suffered a broken leg and some cuts and bruises, but I’m still here. A co-worker of mine was killed that night by the same truck I was able to avoid.

Why is it important for you to get home safe? 

I’m married and we have 3 kids: Anthony, who’s 5; Dominic, who’s 3; and Julie, who is 9 months old. We have one more kid on the way. I need to get home safe to them.

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Thanks to Nick for sharing his story. Do you have a story to share about your experience with the Halo and why it's important for you to get home safe? We'd love to hear it! Email to marketing@illumagear.com. Photos are appreciated.