A True Met Legacy: Self-Proclaimed "District Kid"
“No city life for me,” says
, a pump plant specialist at Gene Camp. “I like the quiet life. With the desert you know what’s coming with each season. It may be hotter than heck, but for me,
the good life.”
, who was raised at Gene Camp, grew up as a 'district kid.' He is a proud participant in the first apprenticeship program graduating class in 2009. During those five years, he had the opportunity to work side-by-side with his father, Don French, a hydroelectric specialist, during facility shutdowns.
“As a pump plant specialist at Intake, I get to give tours and show off my plant. It’s where the 242-mile journey all begins,” states the 14-year veteran, who moved to Lake Havasu City three years ago with his family.
The chance to go boating on the Colorado River and enjoy off-road activities during the winter is what
loves best about desert life. His mantle holds trophies from many motorcycle competitions.
first daughter was born in 2009 right before Christmas. He, along with a few other new parents, had a light parade around camp with their off-road toys. The unofficial parade recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and “keeps getting bigger and better each year. It’s a lot of fun when so many in people in camp get involved.”
Any close calls with desert wildlife?
describes one morning he was collecting water samples at Copper Basin. When he looked down, his boots were just a few inches from a rattlesnake.
Fortunately, it was early spring and - with cool nights - the reptile was still a bit dormant.
slowly backed away without the rattler going off. Whew!