MILWAUKEE, Wis. Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric, and Virginia Air Distributors partnered with local contractors and Building Homes for Heroes during a Welcome Home ceremony in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for Navy Lieutenant Patrick Ferguson. Ferguson, who joined the military in 1991, sustained multiple injuries throughout his more than two decades of service. His injuries require specific modifications to his home in order to live safely and focus on his recovery.  

To support Ferguson, Johnson Controls and Virginia Air Distributors donated a YORK® heating and cooling system with a Wi-Fi® capable YORK® touch-screen thermostat to better assist him with adjusting his home’s temperature without the need to get up. Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric donated the HVAC installation services for the veteran’s new home.

“We are honored to partner with companies like Virginia Air Distributors, and Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electric to gift a home to Lieutenant Ferguson and his/her family,” said Andy Pujol, founder and CEO of Building Homes for Heroes. “The customized amenities companies like Johnson Controls are able to bring to these beautiful homes allows veterans to live their lives in greater comfort and dignity. Together, we are providing not only a foundation for Lieutenant Ferguson, but a hopeful path to a bright future with the opportunity to reach dreams he may have never thought imaginable when injured.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide.

“There is no greater honor than giving back to the veterans that have sacrificed for our country,” said Buddy Smith, president and owner, Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric. “We are proud to provide Navy Lieutenant Patrick Ferguson and his family with a comfortable environment in his new home.”

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