Chuck Rizzo grew up in the hard-working middle class home of James and Margaret Rizzo as the second youngest of five children. Education and social betterment were always stressed, as well as honesty and respect for all. He attended Penn State University’s Worthington Scranton campus and graduated with an Associate of Technologies Degree in Electrical Engineering Technologies in 1972. With a strong technical background, he went to work in the life safety systems field as a technician, installing and servicing large-scale, complex systems. In 1977, he accepted a position as a system sales engineer in the Lehigh Valley with a major fire alarm manufacturer.