Ten Minutes with Takis Mouzakis
Where were you born?
I was born in Athens, Greece.
What have you done most of your life?
After high school, I went to a merchant-marine academy, in Greece, on an island. Then I started traveling, on a ship. Then I served in the Greek army. I got military and combat training. I served in the secret service, with the military police.
Are you married with children?
Yes. I came to New York in 1976 with a ship. The ship was damaged. When we waited for a part, I went to the Javitz Center to see an air show. There I met my future wife. She came to Greece and we got married.
When did you come to the United States?
I got my visa and we came back here, on November 2, 1976, the same day that Mr. Carter was elected president.
Where did you live?
I have lived in Danbury since I came to America.
What did you do for work?
I started a painting-contractor business. I also have a hobby. I like very much to paint. Portraits are what I like to paint. Best for me would be to do that.
What compelled you to work in security?
In 2004, my wife passed away. I stopped my business. The American economy took a downturn. Since I served in the army, I thought it was a good idea to join Securitas—the largest security company around the globe.
Do you have kids?
Three kids—two girls and one boy. He is married to a principal of a school in Danbury.
What were you doing during the shooting in Newtown?
I was working at the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury. What a terrible happening. I remember 1999, Columbine, and that was the first thing that came to my mind.
Do you like being around kids?
I love working with the kids, protecting them.
What do they call you?
Last January, we had an assembly, and the kids really cheered me and welcomed me. The principal, on the speaker, said to call me Takis, and I am okay with that. Some of the kids know to say to me “Good morning” in Greek.
Do you still speak Greek pretty well?
Yes, and also Italian, Spanish, and I am learning Chinese here, from the Chinese ladies who come to teach to the kids.
Do you get along well with staff and feel part of the school?
Yes, I do feel like I am welcome at the school and the feeling is mutual.