Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning (Forrest Anderson), a family-owned business in the Phoenix area since 1961, is pleased to announce the winner of the 6th Annual Military Hero A/C Giveaway. Olga Tucker, a Peoria resident and U.S. Army Veteran, secured the most public votes to win a free air conditioning unit in this local event that honors the sacrifices of Veterans, active duty service members, and their families.
"Thank you, Forrest Anderson. I am beyond humbled and truly blessed by the support from friends and strangers," Tucker said. "It's going to make such a huge difference for my kids and myself."
Tucker served in the Army from 2004 to 2012 as a Sergeant and 88M-Motor Transport Operator, providing transportation and logistical support for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" with the 101st Airborne Division. Today, Tucker is medically retired and a single mother of three children. Tucker continues to give back to her community by serving as the Veteran's Resource Coordinator and Advisor for Operation Enduring Gratitude and volunteers to several nonprofits including Mission 22, 22 Until None, and the PTSD Foundation of America. Tucker is also actively involved in her community as a member of the Peoria Military Affairs Committee and as a community leader within Peoria's Pine District.
A friend nominated Tucker, citing her perseverance and dedication to help others in the Veteran community. Forrest Anderson selected Tucker to be one of three finalists in this year's Military Hero A/C Giveaway and the community selected her as the winner of a new air conditioning unit during a 10-day public voting period.
Forrest Anderson will replace Tucker's failing, 27-year-old A/C unit with a brand new unit, fully installed with the help of industry partners, MORSCO HVAC/Bush Supply and Smiley Crane Service. In addition, Cameron Davis, President of Razor Thin Media, presented her with a $500 gift card.
"The Forrest Anderson team is proud to honor Olga. It is a small thank you for her service to our country and her community involvement," said Audrey Monell, president of Forrest Anderson. "We are so thankful to all of our finalists this year. We hope that sharing their stories we have started conversations about the importance of supporting military members, many who return home with conditions that impact their physical and mental health."
To recognize the two runners-up, Monell is giving Mark Denman of Litchfield Park and Andrez Romero of Mesa a free A/C Tune Up for one unit valued at $84.95.
Since 2016, Forrest Anderson has worked with local partners to sponsor the Military Hero A/C Giveaway each year around Veterans Day because they see the health risks of living without air conditioning in Arizona.