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  My Tough Job: Walking the arch  
  My name is Anthony Spina and I'm from Niagara falls, NY  
  The story begins on the rainbow bridge, 200 feet above the mighty niagara river .right next to the american falls . We were installing new guard rails . first thing one morning i was putting on my belt and i dropped my spud wrench. i seen it hit all the steel on the way down and i thought it was lost forever. But it landed right on the banks, so i asked my foreman if i could go down and grab it . Well since they use the falls to produce hydroelectricity they use the water intakes to suck in more water during the night . so by the time i could get down there the wrench was already submerged under the water. So first thing the next day i was ready to walk the arch down to the water . Then i had to crawl along the gorge . by the time i ended up getting down there the water was rising rapidly , but i ended up getting the wrench and going back to work . It had all ready been covered in a light coating of rust after only one night. But this was quite an expirience , as im probably tthe first person to walk down the arch of the rainbow bridge since it was first built over 60 Years ago. Thanks Carhartt!  
  My Tough Job: My Cousin  
  My name is Cyn Beanblossom and I'm from Lake Forrest, CA  
  My Cousin J.B. has the Angus Beef Family Farm and was using the post hole digger on the tractor. The nightmare soon happened. He got his arm caught in the auger part of the digger and it wrapped him up and broke both bones and made hamburger of his muscles. The universal joint then broke.The best part is he was wearing his Carhart coat and this kept his arm from being ripped out of his shoulder socket. This coat saved his life. Doctors were able to repair his arm with a few plates, screws, and a few surgeries and lots of rehab later, J.B. is back to work on the family farm. I truely believe in the toughness of the Carhart as does the rest of the family.  
  My Tough Job: Ice, Snow, Wind and Extreme cold  
  My name is Joanna Davis and I'm from Centennial, CO  
  I have been an electrician for many years now but never had the tough work till now. I work on the harsh continent of Antarctica. This place is the coldest, driest, windiest place on earth. The gear that is issued is Carhart and I am glad for nothing else could hold up to the conditions here. My carhart gear helps keep me warm and hold up to the volcanic rock that we have to work on in the summer here. Thanks for making such great gear.  
  My Tough Job: Carhartt lends a hand  
  My name is Morgan Dooley and I'm from Fayetteville, AR  
  My teenage son requested Carhartt gear for Christmas this year. He wanted a coat, gloves and hat. He has had a Carhartt coat before and bibs. He outgrew both (which I now happily wear) so I knew the quality was excellent. My problem was I am a single mom and funds are limited. The coat and snap-on hat were over $160. The gloves he wanted were another $32. I went back and forth with myself over those gloves. I really couldn't afford them and the store had an off-brand pair similar that were only $18. That doesn't seem like a lot to some people, I know, but when you count every last penny sometimes it is a lot. What finally convinced me were a few things - it was Christmas and every mom wants to see their child happy and excited on Christmas morning and my son doesn't ask for a lot, the quality of Carhartt gear has always impressed me so I knew the cost would be equal the value and I hate to think of my son being cold outside. Biting the bullet I plunked over my hard-earned cash and bought the coat, hat and gloves. Christmas morning came and my teenager was all smiles. He was promptly decked out in his new gear and after kisses he was off to hang out with his friends. The next day he and his friends had a job at one of the boy's grandfather's place. They had gotten the job of tearing down an old metal building. That morning I told my son to be careful as he left for the day. Later that afternoon I got a call. He had been hurt. He sliced his hand open on a piece of sheet metal from the roof of the building. It sliced through his glove and you could see white bone. I was sick and scared and we raced him to the emergency room where he received 15 stitches. I wish there was something they could have given me to get back the five years of my life I lost with the fright of it. The doctors said if it hadn't been for where he cut his hand, high on the palm, and his glove my son would likely have suffered permanent nerve damage to his dominant hand. Carhartt gave its hand to save my son's hand. I can't possibly thank you for the quality of your gloves. Had I bought the cheaper pair I would have saved some money but the poor thin quality of the glove would not have saved my son from nerve damage. I happily bit the bullet again and immediately bought him a replacement pair of gloves. Please give yourselves a big hand from a life-long devoted fan and user!  
  My Tough Job: Daily life of a field research technician  
  My name is Ryan Hix and I'm from Greenville, SC  
  First off let me tell you a little about the branch of Texas Research International that I work for. The environmental erosion research branch of TRI is located in Anderson SC, on a leased farm land. The company performs various different kinds of independent erosion research & testing. Our two prized specialties are simulated rain fall & flow channel testing among many others. Although we work & live in beautiful South Carolina the weather is always from one extreme or another. In the summer months we complain & wish winter would hurry up, then vice versa in the winter. The spot of land our facility is on seems to have its own weather patterns, producing bitter cold wind. So in the winter months I can be found layered in many layers. My daily outfit usually consists of a long sleeve shirt, carhartt fleece, heavy carhartt coat, & a carhartt hat. Long storey short we all love our job and would just like to say thanks for making products to protect us from the wind, water, & all the other nightmares of working outside in the winter.  
  My Tough Job: surviving year after year with the help of my carhartt  
  My name is Victor Modlinger and I'm from White Plains, NY  
  I work out side , I could not survive the winters and summmers without carharrt products. I work in a carwash where you are fighting the elements , water, soap and many times I have to go on the ground to repair the machines . My carhartt had saved me this last year when we had a major break down with the track and I had to get down in dirty in water and muck to fix the track . It was subfreezeing and I fellt like I was in heaven . I could not make it with out my carhartt gear. no other products can stand up to the pure work environemnt of the carwash with all its problems and daily work conditions , thank you carhartt for helping stay healthy and be able to do my daily work , you guys are the best  
  My Tough Job: A dirty job, but someone has to do it!  
  My name is Derek Carmell and I'm from Cincinnati, OH  
  I do a little bit of everything at my job, from concrete work to sandblasting, I build parking garages, lots of caulking and waterproofing, right now I am working in the new QUEEN CITY building in Downtown Cincinnati! I have been with this company for 3+ years now. I love my job, but I am usually pretty dirty by the end of every work day! I work in the cold and it would be really nice to have some nice, warm Carhartt coveralls! :)  
  My Tough Job: It has to get done  
  My name is Josh Eckl and I'm from Helenville, WI  
  During the summer I build bridges. Because it is seasonal work we work some long days. I also own a small horse ranch, the majority of training and work with my horses is also in the summer. Plus we grow, cut and bail our own hay. Both my jobs have to be done no matter what the weather is, and it is alot of long days. In my opinion a guy is measured by how tough and strong he is, so to sit here and go on and on about how your job is , is kind of a joke. Just put your head down, keep grinding away at it, it dosent pay to complain, cause it all has to be done.  
  My Tough Job: Bering Sea Medic  
  My name is Andrew Johnson and I'm from Seattle, WA  
  I am a medic on a fish processing ship in the Bering Sea 6 months out of the year. I takes tough clothing to last one or two seasons for most of the folks on the ship but I have found that Carhartt is about the only ones that will last.  
  My Tough Job: surviving year after year with the help of my carhartt  
  My name is victor  modlinger and I'm from white plains, NY  
  I work out side , I could not survive the winters and summmers without carharrt products. I work in a carwash where you are fighting the elements , water, soap and many time go on the ground to repair the machines . my carhartt save me this last yaer when we had a major break down with the track and oi had to get down in dirty in water and muck to fix the track . it was subfreezeing and i fellt like i was in heaven . I could not make it with out my carhartt gear . no other products can stand up to the pure work invorement of the carwash with all its problems and daily work conditions , thank you carhartt for helping stay healthy and be able to do my daily work , you guys are the best  
  My Tough Job: It has to get done.  
  My name is Josh Eckl and I'm from helenville, WI  
  During the summer I build bridges. Because it is seasonal work we work some long days. I also own a small horse ranch, the majority of training and work with my horses is also in the summer. Plus we grow, cut and bail our own hay. Both my jobs have to be done no matter what the weather is, and it is alot of long days. In my opinion a guy is measured by how tough and strong he is, so to sit here and go on and on about how your job is , is kind of a joke. Just put your head down, keep grinding away at it, it dosent pay to complain, cause it all has to be done.  
  My Tough Job: The Jack of all Trades  
  My name is Ken Nutt and I'm from Barnegat Light, NJ  
  I am writing this story on behalf of my father. He is not a man who would write into something like this about himself, but given his jobs and his commitment to Carhartt clothing, I felt obligated to represent him and tell his story. My father grew up in southern New Jersey, and has spent his entire life fishing. At 18 he became a licensed boat captain, and started his career as a party boat captain. Since then, he has always been a man working on the ocean. At times he works on commercial boats, scalloping or monkfishing. When he hits the boats, it is always a given that he will be fully dressed in Carhartt gear. He also charters his small boat, putting his customers on as many stripers as he can. This requires him to constantly maintain his boat, and he willingly commits days of his time to ensure everything is running perfectly. He is also a heavy fishing competitor, competing in tournaments along the east coast. In the winter, my father is a contractor. He works on vacation properties and other homes and spends his days on his hands and knees working hard in the cold. My father is a man with an incredible work ethic. Any time I think of him, I can envision him in the Carhartt overalls he wears every day. He faces the elements of the land and the sea, and does so out of pure passion. His jobs are mentally and physically demanding, but he never has a bad thing to say about them. In a few months, my dad is turning 50. I cannot think of a better gift than to be able to tell him he can go buy more of the clothing that keeps him warm and allows him to work in the best possible way.  
  My Tough Job: Trails in the snow  
  My name is Joe Mitchell and I'm from Vilas, NC  
  We provide a 100lb propane gas cylinder exchange service in Boone, NC. You clothing is key to keeping us warm in single digit temps and mountian winds. We have to drag the cylinders through the snow from the truck to the house. At times there are drifts and in the mountians very few level yards. I saw this contest and thought about what Carhartt clothes I wear on the job. Insulated bibs, jacket, sweatshirt, t-shirt, socks, and knit hat. A walking billboard for you guys. Thank you for such great clothing.  
  My Tough Job: Simply The Best  
  My name is JaneE. Rockenmacher and I'm from Valley Center, CA  
  My husband was a cell tower foreman for a large very well known Company. He noticed some heavy duty pants that one of his team was wearing and I found Dungarees in Kansas City. The manager kept his size(32w36l) in the black double front heavy duty pant in stock regularly, which no other retailer seemed to do. The quality and durability of Carhartt is unsurpassed and we still have every pair of pants we have purchased. His Carhartt jacket, pants,thermals, and socks went to Alaska on a job with him and kept him warm and dry. I wear the well worn cast offs when I work in the barn and around the ranch until they are totally worn out. We are Carhartt customers for life!  
  My Tough Job: Me and My Boys  
  My name is Jeffrey Frye and I'm from Saltville, VA  
  I have wore carhartt since 1986 when i got out of the navy. I have worked several different jobs such as an electrican, lineman and construction electrican. Carhartt has never failed me. My boys love them also. We all hunt and fish and play and work in them. the only thing we don't own is the boots. we like carhartt so much we had our family pictures made in them. I have to keep plenty on hand because my wife has some women carhartt also but she seems to like mine better.lol  
  My Tough Job: A Part of My Day  
  My name is Terri Sellers and I'm from Pinedale, WY  
  My carhart insulated overalls are an big part of my everyday...whether I am out feeding the horses, shoveling the snow or showing clients I can be often seen wearing my insulated overalls. Often I get calls to show property in a remote part of Wyoming where during winter months, snowmachining is the access. Warmth and comfort are essential but the tan overalls still let me have a professional look. Who said Carharts are just for the working man??? Give it up for us Carhart Women!  
  My Tough Job: Through the Weather  
  My name is Mike Sanborn and I'm from Manchester , CT  
  Its not the greatest story but should definatly show you what we have been going through on this kelly middle school job in norwich ct! This past week we have had 2 snowstorms 1 producing about 8 inches of snow only to be followed 2 days later with another 2 feet not to mention we had to come in early today to avoid the ice storm on the way in. It is now freezing rain and snow and we have been here through it all! In between pipe deliveries and getting around on the job we spend a good amount of time outside. And as an added bonus there is no windows on the building but were here getting it done every day regardless of the weather or the state being closed down. We don't have the toughest job in the world but we have beenm here through it all wearing our carhartt gear and bustin our ass!  
  My Tough Job: Falling Spud Wrench  
  My name is Matthew Clark and I'm from Boalsburg, PA  
  In 2000 My brother and I were working for a Tower Erection Company out of Mechanicsburg,PA. I was the Forman on the job that day and my brother Chris was the ground worker. The job consisted of Erecting a 100 ft Saber Monopole and anttenna booms(9 booms 700lbs. each). The tower was erected and the booms secured to the tower. We were working on fastening the antennas and coax lines for the site. Which put my brother and I at the bottom of the tower working with 2 guys climbing up to do the work on the top of the tower. As the 1 guy was climbing around the tower he was carring a spud adjustable wrench in his harness. When he was climbing over some of the booms on the tower he somehow kicked his spud wrench out of his holder on his harness. My brother and I heard the spud clang of the tower and the other guy on the tower say HEADACHE!!!!!! (Which ment for us to run away from the tower!) My brother was knealing right at the base of the tower so he didnt have much time to react! As my brother was trying to get away from the tower the falling spud wrench HIT him center of the back 1 inch from his spine POINT first!!! My brother dropped instintly to his knees! I automactically knew what had happened! It just so happen to be that the job site was beside a Firehouse/Medic. To my surprise there were no puncture wounds once I looked at where the spud hit him. Only sign from the spud hitting him was a INDENT in his CARHARTT jacket! I was totally in disbelief That the spud wrench never went through the CARHARTT let alone through my brothers back! That spud wrench fell 100 feet point first and DIDNT go threw the CARHARTT jacket! NOW THATS SOME STRONG MATERIAL AND WORKWEAR! Ever since that time I have been CARHARTT'S best advertiser cuz I tell everybody what happened and how that CARHARTT jacket saved my brothers LIFE that day! THANK-YOU CARHARTT for MAKING SUCH GREAT STUFF FOR US AMERICANS WORKING IN THE FEILD EVERYDAY! P.S. And as a SNOWMAKER/MAINTENANCE now I still and will always us CARHARTT as my outdoor work clothing and gear!  
  My Tough Job: A Linemans Story  
  My name is Michael Koon and I'm from Rolling Meadows, IL  
  My name is Michael Koon, and I have been a transmission lineman for ten years. I have worked in many different states, through my ten years. My job requires me to be on the road away from my family. Carhartt has been a major part of my job. I build high line steel power lines. Every day I make sure I have my carhartt with me. When I am working seventy to one hundrend foot in the air that is the only way I can keep warm. I have a very hard, hot and cold job. No matter the weather I am working. My carhartt bibs are always with me. In the winter time the steel is so cold and the wind blowing at twenty or thirty miles per hour on top of a mountain, my carhartt keeps me dry and warm. On rainy days we are in mud knee deep or I am working a hot line with over seventy five thousand volts I have my carhartt. A linemans job is one of the hardest and dangerous careers, but I am so appericative my carhartt keep me safe, warm and dry. Thank you Carhartt. Sincerely, Michael L. Koon  
  My Tough Job: Harnessing The Wind  
  My name is Joshua Hawkins and I'm from Dwight, IL  
  I climb 240ft into the sky on a daily basis in order to keep GE wind turbines running and producing wind energy. Regardless of weather conditions the job has to be done. Its like an icebox in the winter and like an oven in the summer and with that I would say......Carhartt Tough.  
  My Tough Job: Cowgirl tough Carhartt Jeans  
  My name is Jan Cummings and I'm from Hamilton, AL  
  I was "taking the edge" off my husband's horse, wearing my Carhartt work wear of course, when he broke into a full gallop and would not stop. I found what I thought was the softest ground to dismount. I pulled my right leg around the cantle of the saddle and dropped to the ground. I rolled and tumbeled then finally got up off the ground. It was hard for me to walk on my right leg but my Carhartt jeans were still in perfect condition. The rest of the riding party arrived and I mounted on my regular horse and began the 5 hour ride over very rough terrain. At the end of the ride I removed to boot to discover my right ankle was swollen and painful. My husband insisted we make a trip to the emergency room where I would not allow the health care workers to cut off my jeans. I carefully slid my foot out of the Carhartt heans and after the X-Ray the Doctor confirmed my ankle was broken and I would need to visit an Orthopedic Doctor. I had surgery the next day on my right ankle in which they utilized 2 pins and a wire to make the repair.  
  My Tough Job: Tough Is in the trees!  
  My name is Dan Mustard and I'm from Peoria, IL  
  Not everyone can strap on a sadle and a chain saw and climb a hundred feet in the air in a moving tree. Mother nature can blow your tree around and around and try to keep you out of her glorious marvels. But being Carhartt tough is what you have to be to do this job.  
  My Tough Job: AMMO!  
  My name is Joel  Giles and I'm from Holloman afb, FL  
  I have been lucky enough to become a part of a rarely heard of brotherhood in the Air Force. Ammo is one of the most important jobs in the military that very few people have ever heard of. We are responsible for inspecting, storing, and maintaining accountability on everything from 9mm handgun ammunition to nuclear warheads. Our regular 8 hour day can easily turn into a 12 hour day and then into a 16 hour day or longer depending on mission requirements. We are needed everywhere that there are explosives. We can build 800 bombs in a 12 hour period. We manually lift and carry 400 pound $750,000 missiles. We work with explosives so sensitive that even the slightest amount of static electricity can cause them to detonate. Coming home covered in stuff that goes boom is not rare. Definitely a tough job.  
  My Tough Job: The job is never done.  
  My name is Tracy Klentz and I'm from Helenville, WI  
  We may not always have the hardest job. We currently take in rescue horses. We have a rabbitry. I am also a mother to six wonderful children. My husband runs a construction company. So as far as a hard job, all of the above. Every year the kids need new snow pants and of course the only ones that will hold up all year for any of them is carhartts. For me I get up in the morning go out take care of the rabbits, horses, chickens and ducks. I come in and get the kids off to school. I then go out and muck the stalls, clean up cages, check for eggs. I then get to go inside feed the two youngest kids breakfast and the husband if he has not left for work yet. also feed dogs and let them out for the second time of the day. I start laundry, do dishes, make beds, sit down and work on paperwork. Then its time for lunch. So I make lunch feed them, put them down for a nap. put dishes away, fold and put away laundry. I then bed the stalls. When the kids get home I work with the horses, ridding ground work ect. I come back in and start supper. Help the kids with there homework. set the table. I head back out feed horses, rabbits, chickens, and ducks. bring in horses. Then get all the family together for supper. Next, get them all showered and play reff. 4 girls and 2 boys. clean up after supper. Head out and check on the animals one last time. Then I can call it a day and head to bed. I believe that being a mother is the hardest job. This is a day that I do not have any meetings or apt. Thank you also for the wonderful products that keep me warm in winter.  
  My Tough Job: Winter of 2009-2010  
  My name is Don Simonsen and I'm from Omaha, NE  
  As noted I work for the City of Omaha. Last winter 2009-2010 The City of Omaha,Ne was hit with 3 separate Blizzards..Being a equipment operator, during these adverse conditions. Equipment are known for breaking down at some of the worse times it seems..There were several times last year that I was out doing repairs on my equipment during these blizzards either laying under the machine, Climbing up ontop of spreader units,Dragging chains, Or my favorate job, Changing shear pins in the auger on the snowblowers,, I have to say my Carhartt Bibs, and jacket , and my coffee thermos Were always there when I needed them. They never let me down...Thanks for making a quality clothing at a great price..  
  My Tough Job: Hard working Dad  
  My name is Reggie Keys and I'm from Paducah, KY  
  I work 6 days a week 8-12 hours days as a First Responder for a glass factory. Everyday I see wounds that range from needing a band aid to haveing to be raced to the hospital for emergancy surgary. I've had to hold a mans insides in place waiting on a ambalance. I've had EMT's tell me that I single handyly saved a persons life because if my quick actions. I do all of this while still makeing windows for peoples homes. I love being able to keep my friends and co-workers safe. But my favorite title is Daddy.  
  My Tough Job: The Good, The Bad, and The Nasty - QUARERTLY WINNER!  
  My name is David Huskins and I'm from Denver, CO  
  I work for a company that manages foreclosed properties. I know it doesn't sound bad, but read the following. Our company covers all of Colorado, and just started working in Wyoming, and Nebraska. We remove anything that isn't supposed to be in the home, or outside the home. We clean out deep freezers, that are full of meat, when the house has now power, let me tell you how good that smells. We crawl on our stomachs in mud, to shut the water off down in the crawl space when there is a leak. I don't know how many pairs of jeans, boots, shirts and hats I've worn out with this job. In the winter we remove snow from outside, and still remove debris out from under the snow. The only piece of clothing that has survived all of this are my Carhartt Cover-Alls. We even tried to get Mike Row out to our company to film his show at, and we are just waiting for a REALLY nasty house for him. We had a house in Colorado Springs, that took 9 roll off dumpsters and 4 days to clean out. One bedroom was nothing but trash, as we removed the trash we discovered a king size bed was buried in there, there was a 55 gallon barrel used as an ash tray, IT WAS FULL!!!!! The people across the street said the family had about 80 or more cats. Have you ever smelled how bad cat pee smells from one cat? I was on my hands and knees cleaning crap that was plastered into the carpet. One of my co-workers and I love out carhartt cover-alls, and will use them until we need to buy another set. Mine still look great, no holes, tears, nothing. Our challenge to you, do you think your other clothing can handle our job?  
  My Tough Job: Be as Tough as You Need to Be  
  My name is Carol Coukos and I'm from San Francisco, CA  
  I'm a 53 year old woman who has been an electrician for 21 years. Sometimes the job is tough, sometimes not. You get dirty, you get hurt. You are almost always sore, but you don't have to join a health club for this workout. That is the nature of construction. Three years ago, I started volunteering at a therapeutic horse ranch for the handicapped. Since I was laid off a year ago, I've spent more time there. This is where the TOUGH is. Some of those riders are in pain, some mentally sharp but physically twisted. They are smiling on a horse. They LOVE that interaction they get. When I hurt, they make me feel not so tough in comparison. As for the Queen of tough, I nominate the ranch manager out there, Christine McBride. She and her husband live on the ranch. She takes care of every aspect of the ranch, feeding, cleaning, building, training,repair. And I know she feels the same way I do about our riders. She walks the 7 to 9 miles we take the riders on. She trains the horses, some of which turn out to be crazy, a spooked Clydesdale comes to mind. She assists in training the volunteers. There are days you can tell she hurts, but I've never seen her get short with one person. Christine is as tough as she needs to be.  
  My Tough Job: Sawmill  
  My name is Nick Eagle and I'm from Newnan, GA  
  I operate a LT40 Super Hydrolic Sawmill. Doesnt get any tougher than that!  
  My Tough Job: Lucky Landing  
  My name is Bryan Camden and I'm from Orange Ma, MA  
  My job is a tough one, to say the least. I can find myself climbing in and out of airplanes many times every day. I get covered in fluids that range from gas to hydraulic. I climb into the belly of aircraft every day, where the dirt and grime is so bad you cant even imagine! I work in all weather with temperatures ranging from 100 degrees to 40 below! The wind and rain never stop airplanes from breaking so I still have to work. I have to cram myself into tight spaces and manuver tools into places you cant even fit a peice of paper. The pay isnt great, the days are long, and in the summer months the weekends dissappear to form a 3 month long drag called the 7 day work week. I am not gonna say that my job is horrible, I enjoy getting dirty to make other people happy. This is my tough job, and I wouldnt have it any other way!  
  My Tough Job: my dad  
  My name is benji bennett and I'm from prattville, AL  
  My dad has got to be one of the most hard working people I have ever seen, though he may get on my nerves at times but hes my dad so its practically his job to. But anyways he does deserve the title "the hardest worker" because he can run any piece of equiptment you put in front of him he can do anything you want with concrete or build anything you want hes very strong and gets the job done quick and still make it look good. He destroys alot of phones and clothes working because of how hard he works to get th job done, hes always provided for his family and gave us the best life he could possibly give someone. Hes a heck of a hunter and has the best aim anyones ever seen he can outshoot and outwork anyone and hes hard on clothes cept carhartt. He enjoys carhartt because he sure does wear it out, I think he challenges his self to see how long it takes him to destroy it haha but carhartt is tough on him so is he carharrt tough....yes very, Thats why I believe he deserves this.  
  My Tough Job: the never wear out carhartt bibs  
  My name is Fred Stephen and I'm from Salem, OR  
  after a tough day at my 1st job as a truck driver. i go home and put on my carhartt bibs and start my second job. i am remodeling my house and numerous other peoeple ask me to do jobs for them from building fences, pouring cement, roofing, painting, preasurewashing, ect, ect. i wear the same carhartt bibs for all these jobs. i am really ruff on clothes, so 5 years ago i bought the carhartt bibs. i have in the past sewed a 2nd layer of material on my kness but it always wears out on all other brands within a couple of months. 5 years later, wearing the carhartt bibs almost everyday. they have faded a little BUT they show hardly any wear. this is the kind of outer wear that a person needs so they do not have to be buying pants or bibs every 4-6 months like i use too. i own bibs, pants, shirts, rain gear, hats, jackets and vests. when people see you in carhartts they associate a hard working person that can take the elements and keep on working for they are prepared for anything that is thrown at them. carhartt, thank you for making clothes for the working man that will last and take the beating of driving a big truck and construction for me and the other people out there----fred  
  My Tough Job: Return to the Workforce  
  My name is Susan Patterson and I'm from Surrey, British Columbia  
  I am writing this on behalf of my boyfriend. A few months back my boyfriend lost his job due to the economy. He has been looking for a long time to get a job. He has asked for my help to get him some carthart clothing just the other day which I responded yes, as I have a job, when I saw this pop up on one of my emails. Brian is a cement foreman. He makes sure all the forms are correctly made and placed before the cement is poured  
  My Tough Job: Carhartt of Steel  
  My name is Kenneth Jackson and I'm from LIsbon, OH  
  Day in and day out, in all four seasonal weather conditions and a few more not recognized by the National Weather Service, my Carhartts are the only thing between me, the elements and all the rugged situations im put in while picking up americas refuge. There is no glamor but my Carhartts give me the confidence to get out there and work every day with an added bonus of looking good while I do it. This e-mail transmission contains information that is intended to be confidential and privileged. If you receive this e-mail and you are not a named addressee you are hereby notified that you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this communication without the consent of the sender and that doing so is prohibited and may be unlawful. Please reply to the message immediately by informing the sender that the message was misdirected. After replying, please delete and otherwise erase it and any attachments from your computer system. Your assistance in correcting this error is appreciated.  
  My Tough Job:   
  My name is Chuck Davis and I'm from Rockville, IN  
  ..little background first....I am a (73 year old) retired Army Colonel who has been working as a Risk Manager for an aviation fuel company for 15 years. We have been suffering through the economic doldrums like everyone else so I voluntarily took a 40% emplyment cut last year. I am very active and very fit and do lots of landscape on our 5 acres of woods on a lake so I decided to fill in my $$ loss by doing landscaping for others (and custom concierge services)....my first big job this year was to restore the landscape for a big beautiful lake home near me. The new owner bought the architectural designed and landscaped property a few weeks before memorial day and found that the previous owner had not touched the 4 acre exotic landscape in the last few months. He got my name from a realtor who admired my work at my home. I did a quick fix for him in 2 days - with the help of my 16 year old partner/grandson. The owner loved it and called me after Memorial Day to give him a quote on completely remodeling the whole landscape and doing some additional planting - and said "oh by the way, I need it done before the July 4th weekend"......the remainder of the story is...my partner was flying to L.A. to spend the summer with his dad, so I was a loner on this job..the estimated work included 45 cubic yards of new "hardwood fines" mulch as well as planting new trees, shrubs, cleaning up 4 planting beds that were overgrown by wild strawberries and the Hoosier nemesis "crown vetch". My estimate (which turned out to be 25% low due to the strawberry extrication) was for 75 manhours. The owner agreed and ordered the mulch delivered the week before July 4th weekend. I arranged vacation at my 3 day/ week Risk Management job and informed my wife (and new "part-time" partner for this job) that the job was booked and I was going to blitz "6" days to complete the job. As all Hoosiers now know, we just completed the 140 year recordsetting dry spell (and HEAT) in the midwest and I weeded, relaid all the planting beds, planted 3 new beds, shoveled 45 cu yds of mulch, and did all accompanying clean up - in 6 & 1/2 days...........and got one heckuva sun tan at the same time. 45 cubic yards of mulch is a semi-trailer load, incidentally....and the shoveling was all by hand and wheel-barrel loaded with a 10 cu. ft. wheelbarrow. Yeah, I think that is a tough job......but 33 years in the Army kinda conditioned me to it. (pix can be made available if this is a serious contender for an award).  
  My Tough Job: Charter Bus Dangling Over Interstate - GRAND PRIZE FINALIST!  
  My name is Bubba Peters and I'm from Seattle, WA  
  Two chartered buses slid down an icy, snow-covered cobblestone street and crashed through a guardrail Friday, stopping just before they would have plummeted onto the freeway 30 feet below.The front end of the first bus dangled above Interstate 5 for hours before a tow-truck managed to pull it from the edge."I grabbed the person next to me and prayed to God we didn't fly," said passenger Stephanie Jackson of Spanaway.The buses were carrying about 80 young adults from a Job Core program in Moses Lake, in central Washington, to a downtown Seattle bus terminal. It was their first day of winter break, one passenger said.Eleven young adults were taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries from debris and flying glass.The passengers jumped or climbed out emergency windows before aid crews arrived.The bus drivers were looking for a way to avoid steeper streets that had been closed because of snow and ice. As soon as the first bus turned onto the street, it slid all the way down the hill, through the intersection and into the guardrail above the freeway.The bus stopped with two wheels hanging over the freeway. The second bus followed the first, sliding down the hill and into the guardrail to the side of the first bus.Several passengers said the second bus pushed the first farther over the edge.There was just panic everywhere. The recovery of the buses was chalenging, long and cold. I have never worked so hard in all my 30 years of working. My Carhartt 'Duck' bibs keepted me warm the 20 hours I worked on this recovery in bellow freezing conditions. I have worn them out and can't afford a new pair. Please concider me for your contest.  
  My Tough Job: Girl can do it to!-GRAND PRIZE FINALIST!  
  My name is EJ Robertson and I'm from Peoria, IL  
  Once a great while, you can find clothing that can out last you. If it's only for a season, that's alright with me. I work in the construction Industry. That's Heavy Highway Construction Industry. We build road, bridges, and play a lot in the dirt. Therefore we need clothing that with stand the elements, dirt, grime, water, some chemicals, and of course mother nature. She can play havoc on jobs. She makes jobs slick and very muddy. As was the case last fall when we we're putting in foundations for some apartments in Peoria. But the clothes we wore keep us warm and keep off the slimy mud that old Mother Nature thru at us. This is why wear Carhartt clothing. Or nothing at all, I take that back, I won't wear nothing at all, that crazy!  
  My Tough Job: Many years  
  My name is Scott Dudolski and I'm from Carthage, MO  
  Even before I depended on carhartt and it's fire retardant line to protect my life I used it to protect against the elements. I have never worn coats or coveralls that have kept the cold out as well as my carhartt. Now as an lineman I depend on carhartt to protect me from much more than snow and ice, and it has never let me or ant of my co-workers done. Thanks for keeping us safe and warm carhartt you are awesome.  
  My Tough Job: Getting DIRTY  
  My name is Mark Schleipfer and I'm from Greenville, SC  
  My name is Mark (Sarge) Schleipfer and I work for a motorsports company that handles the off road motorsports program for BFGoodrich Tires. We do all the tire work for BFG for there short course and desert racing programs and we get dirty. Our cloths must handle mounting and dismounting tires along with refueling and repair work these hi tech machines in the middle of the desert were we serve these team as there pits sometimes wearing the same cloths for days. Some of the well known races we service are the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 located along the cost of Baja California just south of Ensenada. This is a very tough but fun job and wearing the right cloths that will stand up to the elements of the desert is a must.  
  My Tough Job: My Day  
  My name is Jacob  Holland and I'm from Winston Salem , NC  
  Well at work we use a 90 psi hand grinder made by inger sawrand and run at 6500 rpm we manufacture crane cabs from start to finish and fuel tanks for all kinds of diffrent product's we make baby beds for the army out of 18 gauge stanless steal just to name a few i am a grinder i grind the welds off of all the diffrent parts that make up cabs and the air handlers we produce and the carhartt line of clothing has by far been the best clothing to resist the sprays of sparks by far i will never buy another and pair of pants of shirts unless it is carhartt it is the best  
  My Tough Job: SAVED by DUCK WASH PANTS  
  My name is Darrell Moore and I'm from snellville, GA  
  I was clearing some logs from property and I laid my 640 Stihl chain with a spanking new aggressor chain on it, up on my thigh. The chain kicked into high gear and I attempted to pull the saw off me. The chain grabbed the carhartt duck washed pants and pulled the material into the housing and choked it down. I had a small scratch on my inner thigh and the saw had to be taken apart to get the material out of the chain and housing. Carhartt saved my a long day in the emergency room. STILL HAVE THE PANTS!! simple reminder to be safe  
  My Tough Job: Year Round Tough  
  My name is jason wilcher and I'm from swainsboro, GA  
  I got a pair or three that I where every where from grease under a big rig to mudd on a 4-wheeler. They still look pretty good not enough for ya. How about briar bushes head high after a rabbit or bamboo & gallberry bushes with 1 inch thorns checking steel traps. I tell ya my buddy give me one them pair and he had them for two years I got them and wore them two or three years and the only reason I had to retire that pair is cause I was helping tighten some barb wire fence and when the slack come round the t post it got them pretty good down the leg and back pocket. Well like I say mudd, swamps, grease, oil, briars, all kind of thorn bushes, concrete, and dang near ever thing else except barb wire.  
  My Tough Job: How my Carhartt saved my life.  
  My name is Edward Gold and I'm from Medina, OH  
  I was fixing a furnace and went to relight the pilot light. I did not know that someone had buy-passed the gas valve and gas was flowing into the burners,when all of a suddened it exploded and my arm was inside. If I did not have my Carhartt jacket on I would have burnt my arm severly.  
  My Tough Job: Simply the Best  
  My name is Jon Muncaster and I'm from Ilderton, Ontario  
  I have been Welding now for over 11 years and I have tried lots of different brands and styles of work wear, The only one i now wear religiously is the Carhartt double kneed work pant and the overalls. The are built out of durable materials, and a very comfortable to wear, i have been using the carhartt pants now for over 8 years and I will keep wearing Carhartts till the day I stop working.  
  My Tough Job: Comfort that Works Hard Everyday!  
  My name is Jeff  Lowry and I'm from Johnstown, PA  
  I like the Carhartt clothing for one simple reason. When I go to work, I kick butt, and my work clothes work just as hard. Most of my work is labor intensive and I need my clothing to protect me as I work. I use several different hand tools such as saws, welders, grinders and machinery while I buld and construct high-end handmade furniture. Carhartt refuses to take a day off work.  
  My Tough Job: A Year of Building in Colorado  
  My name is Peter Repka and I'm from Aurora, CO  
  I've been in residential and commercial building for 36 years. I've built homes and racquetball courts and platform tennis courts from the east coast to the west coast and in weather from -10 degees to 100 degrees. I first started buying Carhart clothing on the east coast to get me through the winters. This includes coveralls, overalls and carpenter pants to shirts and vests. When you work 10-12 hours a day outside, a person needs comfortable, yet warm clothing. I found this in the Carhartt products. It wasn't till about 10 years ago, when I moved back to Colorado full time, that I started buying the shorts for the weather in Colorado. Since then, I have bought all my work shorts and shirts from Carhartt. In Colorado, you can wear shorts, virtually, year round. My favorite shorts are the B36 natural, I call them carpenter shorts, and have been buying them ever since. Thank you for your quality products and keep making them, especially the B36 shorts  
  My Tough Job: No Posers Allowed!  
  My name is Alan Gamelin and I'm from Corunna, MI  
  I worked in some of the toughest terrain known to man in my last job. I got to tell ya I worked very hard because I liked my job and that made it easer to endure. It was very rewarding work to me. We had some slackers that were there just to collect a pay check and they weren't to hard to tell apart from us hard workers, they always had clean clothes and never had sweat stains on their shirts. You guessed it I was one of the hardest workers on the crew. I had to be very carefull about what kind of clothes to buy for work. I would go through a pair of $225 Vibram sole work boots every 6 months. In my job we had to crawl through thorny river beds to sliding down the side of a cliff to pinpoint a waypoint for GPS. Most of the time we were either Wildland firefighting or cutting down trees up to 135 foot tall in the mountains. We were recomended to wear Nomex clothes on the fire but, when I wasn't on fire call you would always find me in a pair of double linned Carhartt pants. As a matter of fact I still wear Carhartt pants to this very day,some habbits are hard to break. So, remember if you are a poser out there you aren't fooling anybody, you got to walk the walk before you can talk the talk. Real men wear Carhartts because they have too, not because they want to look tough.  
  My Tough Job: Still Swinging  
  My name is Trenton Tye and I'm from Americus, GA  
  I'm a blacksmith. Please notice it doesn't have a blessed thing to do with my namby pamby farrier brethren. I do the Old Work, the gates, the rails, the hardware, that built the country. I work in the South Georgia heat, 110 degrees with 90 percent humidity. Gnats start dropping dead before my day is done. When I hit the shop in the morning, the fire I use can melt steel in heartbeat and its only through care and skill that we get it just right. That's when we take the hammer to it. As much caress as brute force, each blow moves the metal just a little closer to perfection. All day that hammer falls until the job is done or your dead on the anvil. And if -that- happens.......well, that why we have apprentices. Fire proof ones.  
  My Tough Job: My bloody job.  
  My name is Daniel May and I'm from regina, KY  
  Some people might think that my job isnt too tough. I beg to differ. I have to do a lot of other things than cut meat, as well. I have to make the meat order, make sure the meat is always fresh, (which isnt easy in the summer) and I have to make sure Im making the company money. Sut that is the fun pare i do cut the meat, but that is the fun part. It does get pretty bloody and nasty, and very cold, but thats what I love about it. Most people couldnt stand the cold temps(usually around 34 degrees)in my cutting room, but the part that gets them is the dead animal part. I dont even see it as an animal, I just see a pack of meat that someone is going to cook,grill, or bake for supper. Without me, a lot of people in my area woulod be vegetarians. I may not have the  
  My Tough Job: Your Clothes Work As Hard As We Do  
  My name is Gae Lind and I'm from Fayette, OH  
  Our Carharts, bibs and jackets, were one of the best inverstments that my daughter and I have ever made. They have warmed our bodies many long nights while we waiting for one of our mares to foal. Many nights I would get up in the middle of the night and slip my Carharts right over my PJs to go out and check on a mare. They kept us warm and toasty. There have also been times we have pulled on our bibs over good clothes to keep them clean during chores, so we didn't have to take the time to change outfits. Your clothes work as hard as we do and we love them.  
  My Tough Job: Saving lives and takin names  
  My name is Joseph Kopf and I'm from Cranford, NJ  
  Hi my name is Joseph Kopf I ride Cranford first aid squad every Monday as a volenteer Emt. Me and my crew have to go out no matter what the weather what we are doing to answer all 911 calls from 630 pm to 530 am. I use carhartt gear all the time to keep the elements at bay so I can save a life Thats my story. Thanks  
  My Tough Job: My first job  
  My name is Kasey Goddeau and I'm from Plattsburgh, NY  
  i have been working in a lawn and garden store for almost two years now and i now run the outside yard. everyday i either face the rain, sun, or cold. i have purchased the pvc rain coat for when im outside moving merchandise or filling propane. i wore that through soem of the worst thunderstorms and i also volunteer for the firedepartment and i use it for that. for the winter i have fully insulated bibs coat vest and hoodies. our winters in upstate new york are always cold and snowy. i do a snoplowing buisnes for my boss and i was shoveling snow that was piling up 3 or 4 inches ever half hour and the temperature was in the low single digits. those clothes have kept me plenty warm on those days. i always used to wear dickies and i could never move and work in them and with Carhartt im able to move freely and work like my normal self.  
  My Tough Job: My man and Carhartt have a lot in common!  
  My name is Jack Phillips and I'm from Iowa Park, TX  
  My husband, Jack Phillips, just celebrated his 50th birthday(May 30th) and we just celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on June 2nd! We both agree that this is quite an accomplishment! My husband has also worked at Sealed Air Cryovac, working 12 hour shifts and with an hour commute each day for 30 years! He takes commitment seriously! He also has worn Carhartt clothes for at least 20 years! We agree that Carhartt clothes are the most high quality, easy to wash and wear, affordable brand that you can depend on to last a lifetime! My husband and Carhartt are both tough, durable and dependable. He means what he says and says what he means. He never lets us down. When I got sick with a terminal disease and had to give up my job, my husband who was looking forward to retirement, turned down the offer to retire and will continue to work just so I will have medical insurance and be able to receive the necessary chemotherapy, medications and Dr. and hospital visits. He's never broken a promise to me or his children. He's my rock of strength and comfort. He would make a great Carhartt Poster Man! He's a walking endorsement to the Carhartt brand. He's referred approximately 60 or more co-workers and friends to buy Carhartt clothes. He wears at least one piece of Carhartt clothing each and every day! I realize I'm a bit biased but I love this man! He's so good, strong,decent, kind, loyal,dependable and tough! He will never let you down just like Carhartt clothing! Everlasting! His jobs are quite tough but in different ways. His job at the factory requires long hours of manual labor. His job at home includes maintaining our yard, home, cleaning, cooking and caring for me as well as maintaining his mom's yard and home as well! I'm so proud of my husband and he wears Carhartt clothing with pride!  
  My Tough Job: Going Tough  
  My name is John Semprez and I'm from Paso Robles, CA  
  I came to this farming and wine producing part of our country to retire and raise my son in a rural area. Retirement didn't work out too well because I discovered repairing equipment and doing general handy work was in demand here. So now I an on the job 7 days a week sometimes, repairing wells re-wiring barns and houses, installing water treatment systems and my favorite... rebuilding equipment. One day my son and I find ourselves welding a broken disk harrow the next day its replacing a bearing and seal on a tractor hydraulic pump. Tough work? Yes. But one problem We don't have is finding the correct work wear to help us get the job done. Oh Did I mention... I was a high tech sale and marketing guy in the S.F. Bay area for 30 years before returning to my roots! My son is still in High School but has started his own business doing farm equipment maintenance and repair. He can weld like a pro and has recently learned to use the lathe and milling machine in our shop. Do we dread our work? NO SIR. Each and every day is a new challenge but never boring!  
  My Tough Job: Deployment to Iraq  
  My name is Jason Lowder and I'm from Whiteville, NC  
  We were on a routine patrol on a rough little dirt road known as Pacers. It's pretty much a narrow dirt road with 8 foot drop offs on both sides and a canal on one side. We go up and down it about every night looking for insurgents placing out IEDs (improvised explosive devices). Nothing ever happens. The deployment was about over and we had a very few missions left. Suddenly one night about half way through Pacers an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) hit right between the 2nd and 3rd humvee. Automatic fire started spraying the whole convoy and then we came to a halt. This was an ambush. We had nowhere to go except forward. Every truck's gunner started firing away at the position the RPG and automatic fire came from. Everyone dismounted the trucks taking cover behind the armored doors firing at the insurgent position. Then it got all quiet and our platoon sgt. called for QRF and air support of Apache Longbows. We mounted up and drove all the way to the end to get across the canal where the enemy position was at. We found the spot across from where we were and discovered two dead insurgents, an AK-47, and a RPG tube. We won the battle and we went back to the FOB and we were so excited we could not sleep at all, which it was about 4:00am anyways. The news spread through the FOB like a rumor. We all got Combat Infantry Badges and recognized for taking part in direct combat and defeating the enemy.  
  My Tough Job: Real Tough  
  My name is greg alfonse and I'm from redford, MI  
  I have been a painter for 14+ years. I say painter, but really I am a painter, drywaller, deck refinisher, mudder and all around refinish kind of guy. During a Michigan winter my carhartt pants and jacket keep me warm while going from one job to another. During the summer I count on my K87 and K84 to keep me cool while doing exteriors in 95 degree heat.  
  My Tough Job: Wedding Gear  
  My name is Sean Bort and I'm from Lethbridge, Alberta  
  As a carpenter I have always depended on my tan double front canvas work pants. They are the most comfortable, durable and dependable pants I own. It only seemed fitting to where a pair, for the toughest job, a man can ever partake in... Marrige. Plus it gave me a reason to buy another pair of carhartts. P.S. It was the most comfortable wedding i have ever been in. Never had to bring a extra change of clothing and I think the groomsmen liked it too.  
  My Tough Job: Now a good ol' boy  
  My name is Joe Dempsey and I'm from Pine Bluff, AR  
  I am among other things a photographer. One of the things I do is venture out weekly, shoot things and people and write a couple of stories for posting on http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/ photohome.html and http://weeklygrist.wordpress.com/ I've been doing this for about three years as a thing of passion and not necessarily as a source of income. When I first ventured forth with my camera and equipment, I normally dressed in jeans and the standard gear you would expect of a field photographer. Since I was carrying professional equipment, I was viewed with some suspicion by people who might suspect that a professional photographer could be "snooping" around and up to no good. I decided one day before leaving on one of my trips to wear Carhartts that had belonged to my late father-in-law. The attitude of people who saw me changed immediately when they saw the Carhartts. Instead of viewing me as a suspicious professional photographer, I was viewed as a "good ol' boy with a nice camera." I was amazed. A week or so later, my observations were confirmed. I had stopped on the side of a state highway to shoot a scene from the road. I noticed a man riding toward my pickup from the about 50 or 60 yards back. He stopped, looked at my truck and turned into his driveway about the time I stepped out of the truck. Then he stopped and looked at me again and backed out of his driveway and proceeded to drive toward me. I was unsure of his intentions. When he came up to the truck, he asked me if I was broken down and needed help. I told him no. that I was shooting the scene across the road. Then he told me that originally he had thought about asking me if I needed help, but decided not to, since one never knows who will stop on the side of a road and what their intentions might be. He then told me " ... when I saw you step out of the truck and you were an older guy wearing Carhartts, you must be OK, so I came on." My Carhartts grease the skids for me. Thanks, Joe Dempsey  
  My Tough Job: "Are those Dickies ?" answer "Not a hope! These are Carhartts"  
  My name is Jesurun Marks and I'm from Victoria, British Columbia  
  My story doesn’t involve a 400 foot high Building nor working on a Rig going Kilometres bellow the earth’s crust to find Black Gold. I understand that there’s more than amazing jobs out there in the world. It must be pretty awesome to be reading about all of them. I’ve been an Iron worker, been a logger, been a charter fishermen, and heak I’ve even scrubbed a toilet or two along with everything els in between that. And to no surprise my Carhartt pants have stood up to every second of it. Last year I bought 2 pairs of Carhartt pants. I honestly have to say I almost doubted them. But honest to God the second pair of pants it still sitting folded up in my drawer with the price tag still on em. I had no need to break them out yet. The first pairs just too strong! I could go on and on telling to about how great the pants are. But I guess this is supposed to be a story now then isn’t it. My favourite Pair of pants would have to be the Carhartt double Fronts; they’ve saved my tail more than too many times! I work with a chainsaw. And I’m cheap, and a redneck but that’s beside the point right now. Fact is, when I should be wearing chaps for my job, I’m often not. And when I’m stupid, Carhartt backs me up. I remember the first rip I every put in those genes. I had just bought a new chain for my saw; thus meaning it was sharp enough not to care about what I cut with it and it’d go right through. Tired and getting lazy and made a few mistakes. My arms were starting to dangle down with the weight of the 22lbs saw. I remember it being so quick. I lifted my leg up to prop agents the log I was going to cut and then suddenly the saw was being ripped from my clamp like grasp. Jaw dropped and drooling like hell I didn’t completely want to know what had just happening. And honestly I was waiting for the pain to shoot through my leg knowing I was done for, my leg was gone, and this is it. Time to hit the Pearly Gates and receive my sentence for the wrong doing I had done. But to my surprise, there was no pain; heak there wasn’t even a drop of blood! That 50’’ bar and 9hp engine in my saw didn’t as much as tear through the pants. The only damage was 3 little wholes where the chain had caught and that was only in the first layer! I love my pants Carhart. This is coming from a 16 year old boy who’s proud to step out of the woods and right into the classroom for morning classes still wearing that same trusty pair of pants. Anywhere I’m doing work they’ll be doing their job to keeping me protected and out of harm’s way yet again. Every whole In that pain of pants has a story. Funny thing is, none of them went past the first layer. I don’t think they ever will. My uncle once had a saying. “Don’t you buy any of them expensive pants! No matter what, the barbed wire doesn’t care!”...Well he didn’t know Carhartt. Hope you enjoyed my slight banter of words. I’d love to hear back from you guys.  
  My Tough Job: Physical & Mental Toughness  
  My name is Betty  Moore and I'm from McKee, KY  
  There are many forms of tough jobs out there. But to me, one of the toughest jobs is one that has both physical and mental demands on a person, and one that you choose to do on your own free will, without getting paid for it. Sure, I have my “real” paying job, but the job that requires my Carhartt work gear, is the one I volunteer for as Vice President for the Jackson County Food Bank Board of Directors. I take time off of my “paying job”, so I can slip into my Carhartt jeans and really make a difference. The Jackson County Food Bank has about 8 volunteers throughout the year and it has both the physical and mental demands for us. Every 2 weeks through out the year (rain, shine, snow or ice), we drive an hour on mountain roads to pick up 3,000 – 6,000 pounds of donated food. We load the trucks ourselves, then head back to the mountains to unload the food. You have to be physically tough to load and unload cases of fruits, vegetables, milk, cereal, meats, frozen foods, fresh produce, etc… multiple times, no matter what the weather conditions are. My carhartt coat, hat and flannel lined jeans come in very handy on these trips! There have been many trips that I have loaded and unloaded myself or with the help of one other person. I will continue to do it as long as we have hungry people in our county. Over 80% of our school aged children qualify for free/reduced lunch due to the low socio economic status which is prevelant here in the Appalachian Mountains. The toughest part of the job comes when we see over 300 families a month (over 7,000 people per year – about ½ of our population in our county), hungry and needing food. We are lucky and fortunate to be able to provide them with a 3 – 5 day supply of emergency food, on a monthly basis. It is mentally tough knowing that we have that many hungry citizens, but rewarding that we can provide food to them. What job is tougher than seeing hungry children, senior citizens, and families? What job is more rewarding than seeing the face of children, senior citizens and families who just received their next meals from you?  
  My Tough Job: State of Abuse  
  My name is Randy Hall Sr and I'm from Wichita, KS  
  My jeans have to hold up through being constant wear and tear of being kneeled upon in all types of terrain. Having everything from concrete, grease and oil, paint and thinners, and all sorts of things wiped, splashed and spilled, and wiped on. I had the guard stick on a worm drive saw stick and I was resting the saw on my leg between cuts while making stakes from scrap lumber. If the material of my Carharts had not been as thick as it is, the blade would have went through my leg like a hot knife in butter.  
  My Tough Job: Long Days Work - GRAND PRIZE FINALIST!  
  My name is Gabe Buttler and I'm from Coronado, CA  
  I am a navy deep sea diver attached to the seal teams in California and when I'm not deployed working with them I am in San Diego fist deep in whatever under water repairs that they have me doing, so normal guys do an 8hr day wrenching and welding, well all I have to say is you think its hard to do in a shop or a garage you should try to do it under water in a wetsuit with 2ft of visibility and the water is only 52 degrees. And when I'm not at work im at home working on my jeep cutting and welding and changing everything on it preparing it for the next run up to Johnson Valley.  
  My Tough Job: Totally Bearable!!!  
  My name is Jim McKelvey and I'm from Minden, Ontario  
  My regular every day job is a Site Manager at a children's camp. My 'other' job is as a nuisance wildlife consultant. I work with all kinds of nuisance animals (from bats to bears). As this picture shows, I'm working with an orphaned bear cub......and I wouldn't trust anything other my Carhartt's to help protect me from those mean little claws!!! Oh and by the way, dealing with the "little" bears is not all that common!!! I have been up in trees more times WITH "big" bears (including during a thunderstorm!!). People always ask me "why do you always wear Carhartts?" or "do you not have anything else to wear?" I have proven to those people literally hundreds of times just how tough these clothes are by running my jack knife across my leg - the Carhartts do NOT tear!!! And sure I have other clothes to wear - but why would I????  
  My Tough Job: The Maine Treeworker  
  My name is Gregory Bradley and I'm from Monmouth, ME  
  My name is Gregory Bradley, i live and work in the great state of Maine. My job is to clear the utility lines of trees, sounds easy right? Wrong! i have one of the most dangerous jobs around. with the hazards of chainsaws, wood chippers, falling trees and limbs, vehicular traffic, and of course the high voltage of the power lines my job requires me to be alert an on my toes at all times. My job requires us to get a minimum of 8 feet on either side of the lines plus 15 feet over the top of the lines. I am a groundman, i cut any trees that are under or to the sides of the lines and i gather all the brush and haul it to the wood chippers. Whatever the terrain may be everything we cut has to be chipped. steep roadside embankments, 8 foot snowbanks, swamps, streams, woodlots, large rock faces, and of course the ever infamous rite-o-ways. a Rite-o-way is a section of power lines that goes through the woods. most of these rite-o-ways have to be trimmed by climbing the tree with gaffs (tree spikes), a harness, ropes, and other equipment. We work in the most severe weather, rain, sleet, hail, snow, high winds, and bitter cold. when a storm hits the state of Maine the power company calls us in the remover trees off of the lines at all hours of the night. when working a storm my shifts are 17 hours on shift, 7 hours off. This cycle can repeat itself for days, even weeks. Many people don't realize the intensity of my job, but i feel i have one of the toughest jobs around. Gregory Bradley 21 years old from Gardiner Me.  
  My Tough Job: Bearing the elements  
  My name is Jason Fidler and I'm from Eagle, WI  
  I work for a pier company where we install piers as soon as the ice is off until around memorial day. That usually means 6 days a week Weather not permitting. We work in it all snow, sleet, rain. The only time we are off is if there are thunderstorms. Our hours are very long 10-14 hours a day. The cold is very cold at time when the wind is blowing right in our face on the large lakes. In the Fall we do it all over again taking out piers in usually snow and wind the last couple weeks of the year. If we have an early winter. we are working in bad conditions ripping piers out through the ice. Everything is soaked and weighs a ton. I think that this is one of the hardest jobs out there and we have a select few that are crazy enough to do it year in and year out. I need to win this competition!!!!!!  
  My Tough Job: Blood Sweat & Tears  
  My name is Kara Beust and I'm from Wake Forest, NC  
  We are horse people. We are Carhartt lovers. My youngest daughter (18) got heavy thermal bibs, sweat shirts, etc for Christmas but she had been wearing her old jeans until they were almost in pieces! She got new jeans for Christmas also---of course Carhartts. Wouldn't wear the new ones to the barn because she didn't want to mess them up. A few weeks ago she came home in tears- had been crying for awhile, blood all over her leg so I naturally thought we were on the way to the ER. Got her calmed down and cleaned up; packed her with ice and Advil. When asked what had happend she told me the story: Horse went crazy on the way out to the pasture, reared, pawed, knocked her down and drug her down the gravel hill but she didn't let go! She got up, managed to give that horse a piece of her mind, finished up her chores and made it home. The leg, elbow and shoulder will be fine but the tears were because she tore up her brand new Carhartts. Now that's CARHARTT tough!!! What a kid and what a great brand. It takes years to wear them out but a horse dragging you down the road tears up your jeans and breaks your heart!!!!  
  My Tough Job: Carhartt gear as tough as the weather and job at hand  
  My name is Kyle Carpenter and I'm from Chariton, IA  
  Living in southern Iowa is tough enough on people let alone working and farming in it. From 112 degree summers with high humidity to -30 degreed winters with -45 degree wind chills, the only way to stay comfortable and safe from these temperatures is carhartt gear. Farming in it's self is hard work from working on heavy machinery using torches, saws, and any power tool, to working on fence to baling hay or chain sawing hedge posts staying protected using the only clothing line durrable enough to with stand everything. One winter cutting firewood on a snowy icy morning, after dropping a massive 100 foot walnut tree. I was wearing my carhartt jeans, steel toed boots, and carhartt polar bibs. I continued to buck the limbs off the trunk when I slipped falling backwards, I took my right hand off the trigger stopping the chain from accelerating more but the clutch was still engaged, meaning the chain was still rotating freely. Durring the fall I fell on my but with my left hand slamming the running chainsaw on my left leg, and falling with my right leg under me, the chain hitting the toe of my boot. the carhartt bibs slowed the razor sharp chain enough to keep it from severing my leg off and the boots steel toe preventing the saw to rip through my foot. I owe carhartt for saving my leg and foot and possibly my life. Thanks Carhartt!!!!  
  My Tough Job: Too much work not enough time  
  My name is Julie Fodness and I'm from Hardwick, MN  
  I am a full time student at SDSU in Brookings, SD. I plan on graduating in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Agronomy. When I'm not at school, I am working at the Ram/O'hare's steak house and bar. When I'm not working at the Ram making money to pay for rent of my apartment in Brookings, I am working on our family farm. My grandpa, dad, and I own/rent about 1000 acres of corn and soybean fields. I recently bought a 2 year old palomino stud colt. I have been working with him the last 3 months to hopefully have him broke to ride by the end of the summer. I spent hours on end in below freezing weather in my Carhartt jacket and coveralls working him. Last week I finally got the saddle on him and yesterday I got on his back. All my work is finally starting to pay off. Most days I am alone on the farm because my parents are at work. I check fences and move gates to keep my horse in and my 3 head of sheep. April 1st, my grandpa and I should be getting in about 50 head of calves so I have been getting the stock yard ready for them. I love my horse and my Carhartt products have made it possible for me to train him in Minnesota in the winter. Thank you Carhartt.  
  My Tough Job: Horse Logging a Forgotten Art  
  My name is Darren Harriman and I'm from Muncy Valley, PA  
  I come from a long line of lumberjacks. It is a timeless trade passed from one generation to the next. I can remember my Grandmother working in the woods. She could out work most of the men. My Father learned Logging from her, and I from him. I started helping in the woods when I was about 12 or 13. My mother helped from time to time as well as my brothers. Mom spent a lot of time patching our clothes. Logging was tough work. And still is. Climbing around in the brush with a chain saw, briars catching on your clothes, Sticks and tree tops ripping holes in your pant legs is just an everyday occurance. Most lumber jacks now days use heavy equiptment, I do also, but I also still use horses for small, custom jobs. The impact to the environment is less than using conventional methods. Horses can move a log in smaller spaces and muddy ground where machinery can't go. We work in the weather all year long. From the blistering heat of summer to the icy, frigid cold of winter. From working in the woods to doing chores at home, it is definately difficult to find clothing that lasts with the wear and tear I put them through. My wife does her best to keep up with repairs, but let's face it, We would both be happier outside messing around with our horses.  
  My Tough Job: Under Pressure  
  My name is Troy Hanson and I'm from Marinette, WI  
  I work at ThyssenKrupp Waupaca. Here we make iron castings. Our castings are made by using High pressure sand molding and can range from 2 lbs to 350 lbs each. This is a very demanding job with endless physical labor. The plant in the summertime reaches up to 145+ degrees depending on what parts of the plant you work in. The process starts in the melt deck. Taking the iron and melting it, melting about 9,500 tons per day. The iron is transported in "pots" that run on a track from the ceiling. These pots are cruising along with a couple thousand degree iron in them, over to the Disa machines. This is where the sand "cores", which are made in the core room by a team of workers and robots, are placed in huge pressurized machines where the actual part if formed. The pots will fill the Disas with the correct amount of molten iron and move to the next machine, all operated by a man riding along with the pot. From here the disa moves and the iron is filled in each hole, controlled by computer measuring. The parts continue down the line and reach the shake out department where the "good" parts are separated from the "flights" (scrap) and these scraps travel back to the melt deck to start the journey over. The actual parts make their way to the actual grinding area where extra pieces of iron are grind off using very large grinding machines. It is very easy to have a slight of hand and really hurt yourself on these machines. The parts are tested here to assure the best quality, If there is even one part in a basket that is wrong, the whole basket is rechecked. This is a very hot, dirty and loud environment but a rewarding career. We work 12 days on and 2 off, but I like to volunteer to work on my time off, also working 12 hours a day. It is a diverse environment, filling in in different departments as needed.  
  My Tough Job: Dairy farming is living the dream 365 - QUARTERLY WINNER!  
  My name is Tim Zweber and I'm from Elko, MN  
  Dairy farming is a 365 day a year job and sometimes 24 hours a day. As far as toughness goes anyone can work hard when you know Friday night is only 5 days away. It takes endurance and some think a bit of insanity to enjoy a job like ours. To me though it is living the dream 365 days a year. No matter the weather our cows need to be cared for. We demand a lot of our equipment and of our clothes when caring for our cattle every day. Carhartt outerwear keeps me warm and protected from the many abrasive or sharp things I work around everyday. It takes tough clothing to stand up to being worn every day of the year and Carhartt performs so I can.  
  My Tough Job: Which one?  
  My name is Graham Colgan and I'm from Barnet, VT  
  When I saw the ad for "Tell Us About Your Tough Job," the first thing I thought was, "which job?" Where I live you have to be a man of many hats...or for that matter a man of many duck work dungarees. The thing is, I've got to be able to switch gears at a moments notice. Anything from Logging, to fixing tractors, working the farm and the animals, chopping firewood, haying, all the way to home building and my concrete countertop buisness. Then to top it all off we have some really harsh winters so I've got to stay warm and dry. With all the different work that I do I need clothes that are going to take a beating, and believe me I work these clothes hard. I couldn't even fathom how many pairs of double knee pants I've gone through in my life. So wether I'm laying in the snow under a tractor or I'm covered in concrete I've got to have Carhartt.  
  My Tough Job: Vermont Generator  
  My name is Tod Znuj and I'm from East Syracuse, NY  
  Well the story starts out this one 40 below morning in Burlington, Vermont. We had spent the beginning part of the morning jumping vehicles that all had dead batteries and this even included some tractor trailer drivers. We had made our trip to the site and as usual got geared up in the shelter on site for the day ahead. Our ventures ahead consisted of having to dig 12 - 18inch wide by 4ft deep holes, and then we had to hang our antennas on the tower at the 150ft level on the monopole. The weather was so cold that we ended up having to put the genertor in the cab of the truck to keep the gas lines from freezing. After 5hrs of jackhammering and pouring concrete we belted up and went up to hang the antennas so we could complete our scope of work for the day. Oh boy the wind was whipping up top, skin exposed could be considered frost bitten if you dared... We spent the 2hrs on the tower and we never froze.We completed our days worth of work and everyone at the days end was safe. We owe this success all to Carhartt!!! Everyone of my guys had Carhartt gear on from head to toe. Arctic wear, gloves, boots, you name it and it was Carhartt. The durability of this work gear, and the design of the winter gear made it possible for the four of us to work in the eliments we had, but yet never once stop enjoying our jobs. Carhartt kept our job fun, and safe, and really didn't break the bank for any of us when we decided to run with this gear. We have all climbed in North face, Mammot, and Spider Gear but Carhartt doesn't rip off your back when it gets hung up on the steel. Carhartt has been there for us for my 15yrs of dedication to tis industry, and I plan on sticking with Carhartt for another 15yrs because it works!!! Thanks guys. If you keep making it, we will keep wearing it. Oh yeah and the shit works good in the mudd too!!!  
  My Tough Job: Injured Knee  
  My name is Andrew Cary and I'm from Omaha, NE  
  Hi my name is Andy. I was helping a fellow plumber change out a water heater when I fell down and landed on a piece of 3/8 allthread sticking out of the ground and went into my knee about an 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Next thing i know i have to pull my knee off of the allthread and i can feel the blood rolling down my leg. I have never fainted but came close. So anyway I finished the job then at 11:40 pm and driving a manual transmision I made it to the emergency room and got everthing fixed up and wentt to work the next day.  
  My Tough Job: True Definition of Work Ethic  
  My name is Jared LeVangie and I'm from North Billerica, MA  
  I am writing this to tell the story of my husband Jared, who would be much too modest and humble to "toot his own horn" about what a hard worker he is. My husband is a freight train Conductor, his job requires that he works nights, even in the coldest rain, snow, and ice, freight needs to be moved, and while everyone else is sleeping in their nice warm beds, he is throwing switches in zero degree temps, walking along long trains to check brakes, climbing up and down to get on the engine, etc. In the summer he is not the guy sitting in his air conditioned office, he's out in 90 degree weather with the sun beating down on his neck, doing the same physical work. My husband often works 12 hour days without complaint, wears through boot soles faster than I ever thought possible, and never complains. He does this to support me and our two little ones. I don't know if he gets burnt out, because as tough as his job is, his work ethic is tougher. When I look at him getting ready to leave for work, hugging his kids in his Carhartt's (that's the only gear that survives the abuse he puts his work clothes through!) I am so proud to be his wife, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of the title Carhartt Tough. Rachel LeVangie, Proud wife of Jared LeVangie (I've attached one of Jared's favorite pictures of him with our daughter at her first fishing derby, wearing his Carhartt's for fun!)  
  My Tough Job: The Shingle Slinger - GRAND PRIZE FINALIST!  
  My name is John Irish and I'm from West Allis, WI  
  I will keep my story short and sweet. You can only be Carhartt tough enough if you have a job only a select few are willing to do. The job I perform on a daily basis involves me walking on roofs from one story up to four stories and of various inclines all the while catching bundles of shingles. The bundles, which are placed on a conveyor and sent to the person on the roof, can weigh upwards of 100 pounds and are placed on the roof in piles along the peak of the roof. I wear Carhartt jeans on a daily basis and they take a beating just like me. Keep this in mind as you choose who is tough enough. On average I take out four jobs per run and take out at least two runs. Each job is 75 bundles @ 85 pounds per bundle = 6375 pounds per job = 25,500 pounds per run = 51,000 pounds per day. THAT'S ALOT OF LIFTING!!! Not many have lasted doing this job and so far I've been doing it for over ten years. THAT'S TOUGH!! Then go home to a house full of girls. SUPER TOUGH!!  
  My Tough Job: Makin' Bacon - GRAND PRIZE FINALIST!  
  My name is Cori Dixon and I'm from Kutztown, PA  
  In order to be a pig farmer, I need to have the same qualities as my Carhartt clothing; strong, dependable, resilient and rugged. Our operation is what we call breed to finish, which means we raise our pigs from the time they are born until they reach market weight. It takes a strong person, both physically and mentally to do the jobs I do. Even though it's a pig farm, I still have to have some skills in electrical work, plumbing, welding, torching and equipment operating. My body takes a beating from working with pigs and the every day wear and tear, but I keep a strong attitude and I know at the end of everyday I have accomplished my tasks no matter how hard they were. I own a lot of Carhartt clothes and I can say it is made stronger than any other brand and it stays strong whether I am lifting 50 pound pigs, welding a gate back together or jumping over 3 ½ foot metal and concrete walls from one pig pen to another. Dependability: if you are not dependable, you cannot be a farmer of any kind. Unfortunately, pigs cannot feed themselves, which means I have to go to work and I have no choice. I have to be a dependable employee in order to help run a successful business. I am glad to have a dependable company like Carhartt that produces clothing that I know can outlast any other brand. Carhartt brand clothing is also known for its resilience. No matter how much you wear it and patch it and tear and patch it some more, it still has that same comfortable feel and holds its shape. That is one quality I have to have as a pig farmer. No matter what misfortunes come our way, we have to have a positive attitude and recover quickly. Whether the cost of market hogs drop or we have a disaster at the farm, we always lift our heads back up and move on. Lastly, my job requires me to be rugged. I have to work in pig crap, dust, dirt, rain, snow and heat. I have to be able to withstand the work environment and the elements. My Carhartt clothing is made rugged and keeps me protected no matter what the environment may be. My job has made me "Carhartt Tough".  
  My Tough Job: My nickname could have been stumpy  
  My name is Ryan Linton and I'm from Peterborough, Ontario  
  So I was constructing a retaining wall out of 35 inch lime stone for a customer. We use STIHL circular saws with a 25 inch diamond tip blade. I had just finished my first cut on this stone that required two and as I positioned myself for the next cut I caught my foot on a fragment from a previous cut. Catching my foot leaded to rolling my ankle, as my ankle rolled my upper body leaned forward with the saw in my hands still running at full throttle. The saw drove right through my water proof overalls and bit through my double kneed Carhartt pants, cutting through my leg down to the bone. When i arrived at the hospital the doctor told me if it was not for the Carhartt pants i was wearing and there ruggedness, the saw would have most likely gone through my bone and i would have been in danger of loosing a leg. After 20 or so stitches i was right back to work in a week and i have stood behind Carhartt ever since.  
  My Tough Job: A day in the life  
  My name is Shane Duncan and I'm from Cushing, ME  
  After a long day at work (lawncare specialist) generally I would then get to travel back home sit back and enjoy a nice cold beverage, and watch a little bit of television. Well this particular day was a training day at out local Fire Department which I am a proud member of. Now take the publics conception of what a firefighter does day in and day out. Now tack another completely different full-time job onto it. That a day as a volunteer firefighter. We are expected from our public to provide the same level of service that other full-time departments are able to provide. We do a very good job if I do say so myself. But back onto the topic on hand. What makes my job one of the toughest is we have to deal with some intense scenes, we only get called out for this persons worst day. Whether they have a medical emergency or they are reporting a car accident or fire. The last two are really where all the hard work lies. Whether is tearing the roof off of a smashed up pickup truck or cutting holes in a roof to provide smoke ventilation so that the fire companies inside can see a little better through the smoke. Labour intensive, psycholicially, mentally intensive, but perhaps the most rewarding and best job myself or any other brother of the fire department would ask for. We live to serve our communities and protect those in it. We have the toughest job...and we live for it.  
  My Tough Job: A Day in the Life of Me.  
  My name is Jamie Allen and I'm from Newington, GA  
  At five o'clock a.m. the alarm clock starts blaring. I crack open my eyes to a new day... a new adventure. I get out of the bed and make a pot of coffee. Then go outside to crank up my husband's truck. Once my husband is dressed, I give him his medicine for the day. With coffee in hand, he is out of the door to go to work, two hours away. I then make my way to wake up the 3 youngest children and start getting them ready for school. At seven o'clock, the kids are on the bus on their way to school and my day really takes off. I check my e-mails and jump in the shower. I get dressed and then I crank up my car while I am feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs for the day. I head out to drive 40 minutes away to go to college, with a full time schedule. I am currently pulling a 4.0 gpa for an Agri-Business degree. I have classes until twelve thirty and then I drive the 40 minutes back home where I then start laundry and get prepared to make dinner. I then have to fit in doing my homework or balancing the books for our elementary school's PTO. I am the treasurer/secretary. If I don't have a meeting at the school that afternoon ( the school is another 20 minutes away) I am working on fundraisers. I then have to get my kids off of the bus at three o'clock in the afternoon and get a snack for them and make sure that the homework is done. All while still doing laundry or cleaning. I then take them outside, they play and I rake or cut the grass. After their play time, we come inside and they play or help me cook dinner. By five o'clock in the afternoons, I am tired but I can't slow down just yet. My husband usually calls and tells me that he is on his way home. The kids and I set the table, have dinner, then bath time for all of them, then getting them ready for school the next day... then bedtime. I then do more laundry and sit down at the computer to re-check e-mails and do any homework/term papers that I have due for school. Spend 30 minutes cleaning up the kitchen and finally spend a few minutes with my husband. I usually get in the bed by eleven o'clock at night, just to get up and do it all over again the next day. I wouldn't trade my schedule with anyone, EVER! Everything that we are going through today, is only going to better my family in the future. One day, I will be able to wake up and my husband and I will be able to walk out to the back porch and enjoy our coffee without having to leave our property for work. One day, my kids will help me with the farm and know exactly where their food comes from and what it takes for the food to get on their plate. They will have a better appreciation for life and all that surrounds them. My son will drive a tractor all day and do whatever it takes to make a home for his family...And we will all do this wearing Carhartt!  
  My Tough Job: Bringing order to Chaos!  
  My name is Crystal Garmon and I'm from Edmonton, KY  
  The radio begins with a line clear tone and starts to tell me and my department that we have a residential stucture fire. It was close to my house so myself and husband went enroute in our personnel vehicle. Upon arrival I saw smoke coming from the B and C side of the house. On lookers and neighbors where there trying to calm the home owners and help with what they could. I did my 360 and advised the chief engineer what we had. I got my gear and pack on and started in the back door. Myself and my partner went in, rounded the corner and found the fire on an interior wall and extinguished it. I backed out to advise the chief that it was out but needed an exhaust fan to clear out the smoke. The fire destroyed one room and smoked the rest of the house. A lot of the owners personnel belongings where salvageable. Being a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technican for 15 years now and recently becoming a Lieutenant I have experienced a lot of things. In todays society things have changed making my job more challenging every day. Making decisions that could mean life or death for myself, my crew or the victim to which I am responding too. Being a volunteer means I have to hussle and bust a gut to protect those I love and those I have never met before without being paid. In becoming a volunteer firefighter and EMT I had to be strong , dependable, resilient and rugged with the position that I am in every day. I couldnt imagine myself doing anything else. I love the job and will love it more each passing day.  
  My Tough Job: Volunteer Firefighter  
  My name is Amanda Brown and I'm from West Haven, CT  
  It takes a different kind of person to go into a burning building as others are running out. Its not a job that just anyone can do and it takes a reliable person. Firefighting is a all about brute strength. You are signing your self up to be beat on constantly. There is no rhyme or reason to calls and they all require manual labor. This requires a rugged person. On top of that, its not all guts, glory, and heroism. There is a lot of pain and suffering. You are dealing with people on one of the most devastating days in their lives. Seeing pain and suffering on a day to day basis, but still being able to do the job takes resilience. That is why I wear Carhartt.  
  My Tough Job: I Thought I Was Tough Before - GRAND PRIZE FINALIST!  
  My name is Jonathan Backus and I'm from Hampton, VA  
  My name is Jonathan Backus. I am Carhartt Tough. I am a Lineman in the Construction Department at Dominion Virginia Power. We are a large electric power utility. I have been there for 5 years. I absolutely love my work, and take pride in being a Lineman. It is very physically demanding work. I wear Carhartt Flame Resistant Workwear at work, and a variety of Carhartt clothing at home. My favorite of which is a pair of overalls that I have done everything from working on my truck, to hunting and fishing in for 10 years now. They have been through the ringer, without even a tear. As a Lineman, my work involves all aspects of the construction, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of both overhead and underground lines and equipment such as transformers. We are thouroughly trained in the classroom, and on the job, during our 4 year apprenticeship. My work is not for everyone. I work on and around high voltages of up to 34,500 volts, on a daily basis. We work on these lines energized most of the time, to prevent customer outages. We wear 40,000 volt rubber gloves and sleeves for protection while doing hands-on, live-line work. We are also required to climb wooden poles, steel poles, and steel towers. I have climbed a 90' wood pole using gaffs. I have climbed steel towers that were over 300 feet tall. We are on-call 24-7. Outages don't care what time it is, or the weather. In fact, the worst weather is when the lights are likely to go out. If it's raining, blowing, or snowing, hot or cold, day or night, Christmas Day, or not, we have to go out and get the lights back on, safely. We travel to other parts of the country to assist other utilities in response to disasters, sometimes away from our families for over 2 weeks. It's hard work, and long hours, but very rewarding to get the lines hot after storms. In 2006, I started competing in Lineman's Rodeos. Linemen and Apprentices compete in events such as Pole Climb, Hurt-Man Rescue, and Mystery Events, which are judged on safety, workmanship, skill, and efficiency. At the Gaff-N-Go Lineman's Rodeos; 2008, 3rd place Pole Climb Event, 2009, 3rd place Written Test Event, 3rd Place Obstacle Climb Event, and 1st place Overall Apprentice in 2006, 2007, and 2009. 2008 Mountain States Lineman's Rodeo; 1st place Non-AEP apprentice, 2nd place Overall Apprentice. As an Apprentice, I qualified for and competed in the International Lineman's Rodeo every year from 2006-2009. My best finishes, out of over 100 Divisional competitors, and Overall fields of over 200, were; 2006, 4th place IOU Division, 6th place Overall. 2008, 3rd place, CPR Event. And in 2009, I had my best Rodeo, finishing 3rd place Overall, 3rd place IOU, and 4th place in the Written Test Event. I love the competition. I have met some really great friends, and learned a lot from competing. I used to think all this meant that I was a tough guy, but I had no idea how much tougher I was going to have to be. I have been unable to work since Christmas now. I am battling Stage IIA Testicular Cancer now. I have had 2 operations so far. I am on an intense 3 month chemotherapy schedule. After which, I will have a major operation to remove lymphnodes, where my cancer had spread. There is a good prognosis, but this has absolutely tested my strength in many aspects of my life. I turned 30 on February 3, 2010. My wife Jessica, and I were married on September 20, 2009. Jessica is also tough. She is a Firefighter/Medic. I have always known she was tough, but my cancer fight has really brought out the Hero in her. She is 26 years old, and during my treatments and surgeries, she must take care of a lot, including me. We were planning to start our family at the beginning of this year. That's on hold. I am hopeful though, that by fall, I will be back at work, doing what I love, and we can start our family. We are Carhartt Tough.  
  My Tough Job: Into the Fire - GRAND PRIZE FINALIST!  
  My name is Steve Nicholson and I'm from Quincy, CA  
  The crew suits up and climbs in as the pilot starts up the engine. “Plumas, this is Helicopter 512 lifting off of Quincy Heliport for the fire. We have eight souls on board, two hours of fuel, and fifteen minutes en route.” As we fly to the reported smoke, a barrage of thoughts and continuous new bits of information pass into my mind: size, fire behavior, fuel type, resources responding, terrain, safety zones, access, and so on. The crew reaches the fire and the gears really start turning. We talk to dispatch and incoming resources, give size-up information, develop strategies, tactics, and communicate safety precautions. Can we land or do we need to configure for a rappel? Who is taking command on the ground? No two fires are ever the same in this region of the country. Weather, vegetation, and topography all play integral roles in tactical decisions. The amount of information that comes in and continuously changes can be almost overwhelming. This is just the beginning of a long shift as a wildland firefighter. Before we can even start our work we may have to hike for extended periods of time over rough and steep terrain with more than forty pounds just to get to the fire. As one of the senior firefighters, I am often asked to lead the crew. I must sometimes scout the fire, flag hazards, or act as a lookout to monitor progress and provide for the crew’s safety. For the next few hours we will be clearing brush and cutting fireline with sometimes just a handful of firefighters. Any weak link in the crew can make the difference between catching a fire at a couple of acres or at a few thousand. First in line is the saw team, which consists of one sawyer and one person, or swamper, to clear the cut brush. Next in line is the scrape, which normally consists of three or four people with hand tools who must cut line down to bear earth to stop the fire. Sixteen hour shifts are the norm when on a fire, but our work can last upward of twenty-four hours if the fire conditions require it. We will work either until the fire is contained, resources show up to relieve us, or until fatigue, dehydration, or other hazards become too great to continue work. Work will, however, resume when it is possible. Crews have been known to work on fires for weeks at a time in this manner. It is a tough job, but with each passing fire season I love it even more. To be a wildland firefighter, you must be strong, dependable, resilient, and rugged. You must be able to hike for miles, work for hours, and take the intense heat and stress of a forest fire. You have to be able to watch your back and others. In my opinion, being a lookout for my crew is more stressful than working on the fire itself because of the added responsibility for the safety of the rest of my crew. My supervisor wouldn’t give me this duty without proving my dependability first. The crew must also have confidence in my ability to recognize dangerous situations. This job is the definition of resilience. Working up to 1,000 hours of overtime from May until November in arduous conditions is enough to break even the strongest of spirits. The rugged terrain we face is some of the toughest in the country. My strength, dependability, resilience, and ruggedness are what make me “Carhartt Tough.”  
  My Tough Job: If you walked a mile in these pants....  
  My name is Thomas  Coleman and I'm from Aiken, SC  
  In my work at a summer camp you see it all and you must be prepared to do it all putting Carhartt to the ultimate test. These pants have made it through the toughest of times and all while kept comfortable, safer, warm, and dry. Everyday at camp is different, here is snapshot of what these pants do on daily basis fishing, hunting, running the dishwasher, moving furniture, wood working, construction, farming, prescribed burning, land management, tree climbing, janitorial work, snake catching, painting, hiking, welding, truck maintenance, heavy equipment operation, and the list could go on and on and on and on but I will stop now, oh yeah did I mention how good I look in these pants even after all this work.  
  My Tough Job: Its all about the struggle!!  
  My name is Tyler Schafer and I'm from Columbus, OH  
  What makes a job tough? Working in 110 degree heat in the summer and 0 in the winter? Manhandling 500 pound drums? Moving a three inch hose across the plant so that you can carry it up three floors? Running up and down stairs for a 12 hour shift? Maybe thats why I keep coming back!!  
  My Tough Job: Ducks For Bucks  
  My name is Field Hudnall and I'm from LaGrange, KY  
  Well where do I begin...my job takes on a different form of "tough". I have been very fortunate to be blessed to do my passion for a living. I hunt for a living. I own a duck and goose call company and have done video productions for over 8 years. I have been very fortunate to win the World Goose Calling Championship as well as the World Live Duck Calling Championship. I have a funny superstition...well its not a superstition...all I can stand to wear is carhart pants, in the office, in the field, on camera, behind the camera, etc. Brown double protected is my style. This past weekend I was getting ready to compete for the Indiana state goose calling championship and my Carhart pants shrunk in the laundry. I actually refused to compete unless I could wear my traditional clothes. Carhart. So my wife drove all over town tracking down a pair. She found them and the superstition was not so silly...I won. To be honest Carharts are the best clothes I have ever worn. I wear them in the field because they are the toughest clothes out there. My job requires me to spend countless hours in the mudd, ice, rain. After all I waterfowl hunt and video waterfowl hunts for a living and when it is good..it is when it is nasty out. I actually wear out the first layer of protection but refuse to stop wearing them for they fit me like a glove. And when it is cold out...there is not camo clothing that is as warm as a carhart jacket. I just want to thank you guys for making them in earth tone colors...I knew you kept us hunters in mind. Thanks again Carhart!!!!  
  My name is Stan Schaefer and I'm from Fond du Lac, WI  
  I have been an electrician since 1988. I mainly do commercial and industrial elctrical work. My job requires me to lift heavy conduit and wire and install them where ever the job requires. Factories depend on me to keep there facility running so that they never stop production. Every factory I work in requires me to work in a broad varity of working conditions, anywhere from a cheese manufacturing facility to a stone quarry. That is why my Carhartt clothes are always my my service van to keep me warm dry and protected. I have always loved my job and Carhartt clothes have always been a part of it.  
  My Tough Job: Carhartt: Geologist Approved  
  My name is Megan Frederick and I'm from Calgary, Alberta  
  It takes a special quality to be a geologist. To be in our tribe you must contain an ability to be comfortable while isolated geographically, socially, and individually. We are the modern day explorer, pushing the frontier of society. From the Arctic Circle to the Gobi Desert, from platform rigs of the ocean to deep underground diamond mines in South Africa. We brave the heat, ice, rain, and snow with the possibility of fires, explosions, underground roof collapses, hurricanes, tornados, and anything else mother nature can throw at us. To be a geologist, you must be tough, and it starts with your pants. On my job we work in unfavorable conditions. We work in isolated areas for months on end for long hours daily followed by short breaks for sleep. It is dirty and hard work and I love it. Pipe dope, oil and grease smear both our faces and PPE while throwing pipe down the hole in search of black gold, diamonds, coal or other minerals. It is my job to oversee the progression of drilling, to obtain the most accurate data and deliver quality goods to my client. And in my job I get dirty while lifting core and working on the drill floor. I have worked in the patch for four years now and still own the same pair of Carhartts. My PPE when I am working on a diamond drill in Northern Canada consists of the lined overalls because I know that they will be both warm and strong, taking pounding and putting up results. The women’s line of Carhartt clothing is strong and lasts. I can depend on it to be there and get the job done, which is more than I can say about my drillers sometimes. This is my job, dirty, muscle wrenching, long hours and in the middle of nowhere. And do I ever love it.  
  My Tough Job: Carving out a New Reality  
  My name is Chris Foltz and I'm from North Bend , OR  
  So I am a Chef - I have worked as a chef ever since I can remember - dad put me to work at 14 in the butcher shops cleaning the kill floors - put myself through colledge, have 2 degrees in culinary arts & baking - worked untill I was 31 averageing 60 - 90 hours a week. Began carving Ice Sculptures for some parties at the Casino I was working in as the Exec - was hooked ever since - so at the age of 31 after carving for about 3 years I left the Casino & the Chef Industry for a journey into the unknown of being a proffesional sculptor & competitor - in my 2nd year of competition I actually won the Canadian World Championships with a sculpture of my childhood badd a$$ hero the Wolverine... It would take me days to atake you through what I went through in the lost hills of Washington & British Columbia trying to make my dream a reality - with a wife & 3 young kids at home it made the neccessity of success very real. & now here I am living in my new reality. I can guarentee you that the "tough" required to do what I do every day making everything work as a Father, Sculptor, Chef is damn tough, Carhart tough. Feel free to call for elaboration of this tough a$$ journey as a professional & Competition power sculptor. Thanks Chris  
  My Tough Job: JACK IT UP  
  My name is STUART WHEELER and I'm from DEATSVILLE, AL  
  Every job gets a little more interesting. They all start off the same way. Three helpers and myself, standing there looking for the best solution at leveling the old house. Belly crawling and a little prayer we go under. Eight hours later,we stand back on two feet, dust off our Carhartt bibs and think about tommorrow.  
  My Tough Job: Carhartt tough...  
  My name is Greg Rawlings and I'm from Lake Villa, IL  
  I started working outside for a living in the winter of 94 pruning trees for a living...I bought my first pair of duck bibs the same year...it is now 2010 and I am afraid that those same bibs will be retired this year as well as my second pair of bibs due to the nature of my work. We work in the snow, the mud, the cold, the wet, and the only thing that protects us is our Carhartts....You see some guys using electrical tape to keep the legs closed, rips up and down them, but they are ready to work every day just like the rest of us....when its a 20 below wind chill and your up in a bucket 40 feet in the air, working over live traffic, the only thing keeping you warm, is the Carhartts. We hate the cold, but we work in it due to your product. So if working in the cold, over live traffic, in 40 below wind chill counts as Carhartt tough... well its gotta be pretty damn close.  
  My Tough Job: steel erecting  
  My name is Tim Frayko and I'm from sussex, NJ  
  im an iron worker from jersey and my job consists of intalling steel where ever needed from the roof tops in nyc for cell phone towers to putting up a building in small areas, right now i have been in a trully brutal area for the past month putting up a firehouse and i depend everyday on carhartt to keep me warm seeing that it never stops being windy and bitter cold these clothes are a crucial part of being able to work from day to day  



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