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Firefighter Wins $1 Mil on American Inventor

By malan     Aug 2, 2007 in Entertainment
Television viewers voted via text message to give firefighter and father of six (6) children, Greg Chavez the $1 Million grand prize on ABC's television show "American Inventor."
Greg's winning invention, the Guardian Angel fire suppressor has been in the works for more than a decade and is now being developed with 'First Alert' to make his invention a household product.
Chavez was inspired to create the fire suppressor after hearing news of a family who's Christmas tree caught fire and killed family members. Chavez saw an image of the father carrying his dead child from the burning home and that visual set him on the path to create a product that could help deter this kind of fatal fire happening to someone else.
He worked for 15 years on the invention, described as "a small, pressurized tank of water, disguised as a Christmas package, that is placed under the Christmas tree and attached to a small hose leading to the top of the tree where a fusible link is disguised as an angel. The heat from a fire pops the link and water suppresses the fire."
"It's amazing," Chavez said, after his wife and children rushed the stage to congratulate him during the taping. "A year ago, I was sitting in a chair at the house and I was watching the show, and I told my wife, 'I am going to win next year.' And she said,' I know you are.' "
The fire suppressor was very deserving of the win, beating out a backless brassiere and a custom toy kit, inventions that although useful were nowhere near as important as the one Chavez offered.
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