CARLSBAD, Calif ., February 23, 2021 — In 2008 Casey Jones joined the U.S. Army and became a Senior Explosive Ordinance Disposal( EOD) squad member. In this role, Staff Sergeant Casey Jones’s chore was to deactivate explosive devices in combat zones.
On May 16, 2013, while deployed in Senjaray, Afghanistan, Casey was assigned to clear a compound area for a future command post. As he was assisting his squad president, Casey stepped on a pressure-plate improvised explosive machine( IED) which detonated beneath him, making him to lose both legs. He was initially sent to a NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit and then later transferred to Walter Reed National Military Center. Motivated by his fellow wounded comrades, Casey expended two years learning how to walk again.
Casey selflessly served our commonwealth, earning many distinguished honors including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal( 2 ), NCO Development Award, Good Conduct Medal( 2 ), and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
The Gary Sinise Foundation, in partnership with Nortek Control, the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville, and smart home automation firm AVS Design Concepts, constructed a one-of-a-kind specially adapted smart home for Casey and his wife Shannon through its R.I.S.E . program.
Nortek Control, a long-time supporter of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E program, lent the ELAN( r) smart-alecky home control system and the products necessary to provide seamless surveillance and security, recreation, climate convenience and more. Specifically utilized answers include ELAN surveillance cameras, ELAN doorbell camera, complete 2GIG( r) home security system, SpeakerCraft( r) outdoor speakers, ELAN indoor talkers, ELAN smart thermostats and ELAN intelligent touch panels.
“In our line of work we usually sell something that is considered a luxury, ” said John Brothers, President and founder of AVS Design Concepts, “But this was one instance where we could use tech to fully enrich someone’s life and enable them to live to their fullest potential. The flagpole lighting turned out to be a critical element. We had to make sure that the American flag is always illuminated.”
“When we agreed to participate in this project, ” John continued, “We did not do so for the publicity. Our organization has been successful, and I make it a priority to give back to the community where we can. We believe being a good corporate citizen entails helping when the opportunity develops and have been involved in projects with Extreme Home Makeover, Make–AWish Foundation, Children’s Hospital, and others. The reward is the involvement and the sense of purpose our squad enjoys.”
John also shared that to honor a drop Marine who is the son of a long-time employee, his corporation proudly sponsors one of the commemorating paver stones that sort a perimeter around the flagpole.
“The Gary Sinise Foundation has been honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need, ” said Richard Pugnier, Vice President of Marketing at Nortek Control, “and we are extremely proud to continue to do our proportion by leveraging our products and our strong dealer network to bring a better life to our nation’s heroes. It’s the very least we can do to recognize the largest sacrifices that so many of our troops have made.”
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About the Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, who has been an advocate of our nation’s champions for forty years. The Foundation’s mission is to serve our nation by honour our champions, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Its programs–designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and construct communities–serve America’s heroes and their loved ones 365 periods a year. Learn more: www.garysinisefoundation.org.
About Nortek Control
Nortek Security& Control LLC is a global leader in smart connected machines and systems for residential and commercial customers, serving the security, access, AI, health& wellness, control and power/ AV markets. Nortek Control has deployed more than 5 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its household of brands, the company designings solutions for national telecoms, big-box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, dealers, engineering integrators and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif ., Nortek Control has over 50 years of invention and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of clients every day. For more information, visit www.nortekcontrol.com.
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