Jennifer Rose-Caudill didn’t know exactly when her father started his plumbing business in 1977.
But she did know it became his only job on Sept. 3, 1980.
“On the day I was born, he went to the hospital and told my mom that he quit his police job and he started the company full time that day,” Jennifer said.
“He almost gave my mom a heart attack the day I was born,” she added.
But Keith Rose, known to many of his clients as “Dad,” continued the business until he transferred ownership in 2008 to his four children, Jennifer Rose-Caudill, Nick Rose, Doug Rose and Pete Rose. The four changed the business’ name from Emergency Drain and Plumbing to Emergency Plumbing Service.
They celebrated its 40th anniversary Thursday at their office, 310 S. Sandusky St.
“I started it and had no clue what it could possibly turn into,” Keith said.
When he was being trained to work on jet engines for the military, Keith found out he was color blind. The military reassigned him to plumbing, a job Keith did not want. He filed a grievance in response to the decision, but had to work in the field in the meantime.
After 10 days, he dropped the complaint.
“It just came natural to me,” he said. “I really enjoyed it.”
After his military service ended, Keith became a police officer for Genoa Township. He found out he made more money on the weekends as a plumber and without people shooting at him. He then decided to go full time with plumbing and informed his now ex-wife, Diane, when she gave birth to their daughter.
“I thought she was going to kill me,” Keith said.
Although a little scared, Diane said she had…
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