HCG Heroes: Christopher Groves (Frenchy)

It is extremely sad sometimes that it takes a tragedy, or an emergency, or now an epidemic, to realize how some of the most forgettable jobs provide us with the most comfort and security than many of the most recognized industries in the global economy. Take veterans for example, of which HCG supports wholly and houses several within its ranks, but veterans, law enforcement and first responders receive thanks consistently (of which they should) while other “essential employees” in various fields are often left in the dark. It took COVID-19 for us to realize that we have some of the hardest working, most dedicated, positive, and supportive workers even in our own ranks. And we are truly sorry for that.

This week we would like to recognize one of our community managers, Frenchy, a FedEx driver who has continued to work diligently throughout this crisis, but has managed to do so with a smile on his face. All the while bringing joy to his customers while we are all entrenched in a very dark time. This guy is one of the funniest people we have in the organization, and he strives daily to make it a joyful one for everyone he encounters. Check out this interview we had with him below:

What have you done as far as employment over the past few years?: I was a mechanic in the Army, then a mechanic in the civilian sector, and then I started with FedEx in October 2019.

Which do you like better? Why?: I like honestly, FedEx more just because I get to deal directly with people and make them happy rather than make them unhappy. I picked FedEx over the USPS because people like packages, not bills.

What’s up with the leprechaun hat?: It was Saint Patrick’s Day and during the inception of COVID-19, and I just told myself that I needed to bring some light to peoples’ days, especially given all the depressing vibes surrounding the virus spreading. I enjoy implementing a shock value when it comes to surprising people with my antics.

What were some initial reactions you got with your Corona-proof facemask?: People were scared. Honestly, I went to one place for a pick up and a girl said “umm…you’re scaring me”. I wanted to say “am I destroying your feeble vision of a sense of reality?” But instead I just apologized.

We hear you have strep throat? Is it really COVID-19?: Cannot confirm or deny.

Where did the nickname Frenchy come from?: Back in 2006-2007 my name used to be “Duke Fan”, but I was playing Day of Defeat Source, I made my name “thebestsniper” but in French, but people couldn’t pronounce it. So in turn, they called me “Frenchy”. Eventually I just changed my name and it stuck ever since, about 13-14 years now.

Are you alright with being an “essential employee” during this crisis?: I love having a job.

Do you ever get scared when you go out on your deliveries that you’re being exposed?: If it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go. I’m here for a good time, not a long time.

Do you have any second thoughts about staying with your company after all this?: Only because of my boss, not because of the company itself.

What is your favorite part about what you do?: I work at the beach, so seeing all the chicks.

Is there anything you would like to say to our fans?: I would like to thank the Academy, for this award. Seriously, don’t let the virus get you down, and if you’re going to be quarantined, you might as well hang out with us.

For all of you within HydraCore who work day in and day out to ensure we as Americans can live as comfortably as we can during these hard times, we would all like to thank you for your hard work… For those of you who aren’t within HydraCore, (first of all, come on over), we thank each and every one of you for all that you do, please know that it does not go unnoticed, but more importantly…. please stay safe. In times like these, we all need to stick together and stay strong. We need to support one another, and give thanks to all the men and women who work endlessly. We know it’s tiring, we know it’s unappreciated and under-paid, and we know you need a whole heck of a lot more than this article…But for now, let’s hope that this can at least spin up some avalanching support for all of you; And at the very least, you know you have a fan in HydraCore.

Meraki Nikao,


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