SH&E Generations: The Grego Family
From left: TC Grego, Tom Grego, Chris Grego and Tony Grego after fire training academy graduation.
It all started with the Grego family when our father, Thomas A. Grego, finished his military duty as one of America’s Greatest Generation in 1945. He went on to do an initial stint with insurance companies located in New York City. When the family grew, he transitioned into manufacturing starting with Otis Elevator and Ciba-Giegy and concluding his 40-plus years of safety experience with NBC Studios and March Insurance.
Our parents had three children. My brother, Steven, and I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania to get our degrees in what was then referred to as industrial safety management. Now, 30 years after entering the SH&E profession, we are both full-time CSPs with expanded environmental responsibilities. Steven works for OMVOVA Solutions in Pittsburgh, PA, and I work for VEECO Instruments in Somerset, NJ.
The SH&E gene pool may have thinned out for the third Grego generation, but it still somewhat continues with both my sons. They are truck captains in the local volunteer fire department, and my youngest doubles as an emergency medical technician and is pursuing his college degree in fire protection engineering.
Many SH&E professionals have parents or children who are also in the profession. Did your son or daughter follow in your footsteps? Did a parent’s involvement in the safety profession encourage you to follow in their footsteps? ASSE would like to hear from you.