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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Update on Matt's Dirty Job

Late yesterday Wildfire Today posted information about Matt Cox, a wildland firefighter who is competing for the dirtiest job in central Oregon. The winner of the contest receives an all expense paid weekend vacation on the Oregon coast. Anyone can vote for one of the four candidates.

At 5 p.m. MT yesterday Matt was in second place, with the leader having 43% of the vote to Matt's 29%. As of 7:30 p.m. MT today, Wednesday, Matt is gaining--he is only 3% behind the leader.

Help Matt get a little vacation at the end of the fire season by voting for him. You don't have to sign up or register, just click on Matt's vote icon on the right side of the page.

The last day to vote is Saturday, December 20.

UPDATE at 1:10 p.m. MT Saturday, Dec. 20

Today is the last day to vote and Matt is now in the lead with 50% of the vote. The next closest candidate, Servpro, has 32%.


UPDATE at 9:00 a.m. MT Sunday, Dec. 21

The voting was supposed to end yesterday. There is no official announcement on the site about who won, but it still shows Matt with an 18-point lead. Congratulations Matt! I don't know you Matt, but I hope you will send us a report, including photos, about your all expense paid vacation on the coast.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's done! Matt got first place.

Bill Gabbert said...

Matt pulls ahead by 6 points as of Thursday morning! Great! But the polls stay open until Saturday.

Matt Cox said...

Hey this is Matt Cox!! I just found this blog when I googled my name!! Thats so funny. Well yes I did win the dirty jobs contest in Bend Oregon. I am very happy to see all my fire brothers out there supporting each other like this! Thats what makes us brothers even if we've never met. Thank all of you for your support.

Now for the fun part- my trip to the coast. The weather was beautiful!! Like 65 degrees in the middle of January. Couldn't have asked for a nicer room either!! I brought my family and was able to sneek my fire buddies in too! The food was great and so were the bloody marys:) I had a blast and even sprained my ankle wrestling in the motel room. It put my snowboarding on hold for a few weeks but thats okay. I'll be healed in time for this years fire season (shaping up to be catastrophic by the way) and we'll be at it again.

Also, I originally thought the dirty jobs contest was to be on the Discovery Channel Dirty Jobs Show. But it wasn't. It was sponsored by the Discovery Channel and Robberson Ford of Bend, but it wasn't for a spot on the show from what I now understand. Bummer.

I am ready to take Mike Rowe out on a two week Unit Burn if he wants to- with no showers- gridding through the ash in the rain... what ever..

Thanks everybody for the support,
Matt Cox -Wildland Fire Fighter- Central Oregon Dirty Jobs Contest Winner

Bill Gabbert said...

Congratulations, Matt, and thanks for stopping by to let us know how your vacation went. You surged ahead in the voting after we starting posting about the contest, and recommending that firefighters support you. Maybe that was a coincidence, but we are glad you had a good time.

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