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'JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO GO OUTSIDE...' A 103'7" MONSTER HAS BEEN LURKING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

 DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Roto-Rooter Corporation awarded Chuck Romick, owner of Roto-Rooter's Los Angeles franchise, grand prize in the Fourth Annual Monster Root Contest. The winning entry measured 103'7", the second largest monster root ever-recorded.
 Service technicians Les Estes and Christophers Starks labored for over 14 hours to extract the gargantuan root from a 4" drain along a city bridge at the World Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles. "The competition in this year's contest has been intense but when I saw this "mammoth" of a root, I knew we had a winner," exclaimed Chuck Romick.
 Mel Schettler, vice president of franchise services, established the Monster Root Contest in 1990 to honor the dedicated Roto-Rooter service people who perform gallantly every day. "The largest monster root in Roto-Rooter history was 114'6" long and was unearthed by Don Wismiller of Provo, Utah in 1954, commented Schettler. "I never imagined the day we could see a monster root over a hundred feet again; Chuck, Les and Christopher did an amazing job."
 Due to the record-breaking number of entries from coast to coast in 1993, Roto-Rooter will award special recognition to the following regional winners:
 -- Grand Prize & Western Region Winner
 Chuck Romick 103'7"
 Owner, Roto-Rooter
 Los Angeles, Calif.
 -- Eastern Region Winner
 Matthew Gullo 40"
 Division Manager, Roto Rooter
 Hempstead, N.Y.
 -- Mid-West Region Winner
 John Keller 21'3"
 Owner, Roto-Rooter
 Evansville, Ind.
 -- Canadian Winner Roto-Rooter 28'8"
 Victoria, British Columbia
 The Roto-Rooter organization, established in 1935, has 578 independent franchises and 76 company-owned operations. Roto-Rooter is the largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in the United States and Canada. In addition to being well known for drain cleaning, most Roto-Rooter operations offer repair and maintenance plumbing services, industrial and municipal pipe cleaning services and consumer products.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional Information & Photograph Contact: Irene Sullivan, 1-800-833-2188/
 /CONTACT: Irene Sullivan of the Burnieika Group, 1-800-833-2188, for Roto-Rooter/


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