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Firm donates video surveillance for memorials
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Ripon Historical Society Veterans Museum is being guarded with security cameras thanks to the owner of Duct Testers owner Dave Hagerty, left. Museum President John Mangelos is on the right. - photo by GLENN KAHL/ The Bulletin

Ripon’s Veterans Museum and Police Memorial are a little bit more secure today thanks to Duct Testers.

The Duct Testers commercial operations recently moved its business to a downtown Ripon location from Modesto. The firm’s owner and CEO Dave Hagerty has taken the lead in protecting the community’s Veterans’ Museum with new video surveillance by footing the bill for the installation.

When the Ripon Historical Society President John Mangelos approached him with a suggestion after seeing some late night mischief, he was quick to take action.

Mangelos was concerned about two outdoor memorials that included a World War II memorial statue of three life-sized soldiers mounted in front of the historical society’s Veterans’ Museum at Locust Avenue and Main Street and a nearby Police Memorial constructed of standup granite slabs.

Hagerty said he would provide the video security system covering both memorials and would pay for the installation as well and connecting the system to his business so he could keep an eye on any after-hours negative activity and disrespect of the statues and the stones. Video cameras also cover the museum’s historical one cell jail on the property.

In his Ripon headquarters building, he has some 16 employees working on procedures and many more technicians in the field.  He has been performing duct tests, energy consulting and using his Title 24 expertise since 1998.  Hagerty is licensed and certified by DalCERTS, CHEERS, BPI, LEED, HERS, HERS II, GreenPoint Rated, NGBS and Thermographer. 

Hagerty officially founded Duct Testers Inc. in 2004.

In 2013 he was awarded the GreenPoint Rater of the Year.  He has been credited for his “deep passion” for learning about building compliance and energy efficiency seen as he guides others to understanding and meeting, as well as exceeding, compliances.

Hagerty takes pride in assisting other professionals who are interested in understanding their contributions and how they fit into the larger picture currently and in the future.