Friday June 16, 2017

Falso Service Experts Donate AC System to Veteran

War veteran from Brewerton receives ‘cool’ Flag Day gift

    Falso Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning donated a new air conditioning system to Earl Fontenot, a U.S. Army veteran who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.


    The home comfort system was delivered and installed at Fontenot’s Brewerton home on Flag Day this past Wednesday.


    Fontenot serves as chief strategic officer of Clear Path for Veterans, Upstate New York’s veteran resource center, and was the organization’s first full-time employee in 2012.


    At Clear Path, Fontenot helps the organization of staff and volunteers provide in-house programs and services to help veterans, families, and military members restore, reconnect and integrate.


    “We were introduced to Clear Path for Veterans last December when we approached them to identify a veteran deserving of a furnace donation,” said Stephen Frank, general manager of Falso Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning. “That experience of providing comfort in the winter was so satisfying for our team that we approached the organization again for the opportunity to repeat the gesture and provide relief for a veteran from the heat this summer.


    “Earl has not only served his country through two deployments, but also works locally to serve other veterans with Clear Path. He also has a wife and three children, all while pursuing his degree.”


    Originally from Denver, Fontenot joined the U.S. Army after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. He was deployed to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004, and Iraq from 2005 to 2006. After an honorable discharge in 2006, he spent five years in the private sector before accepting a position with U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle through the U.S. House of Representatives Wounded Warrior Program, where he served as the veteran and military caseworker in the Syracuse district office.


    Fontenot’s air conditioning unit had broken, and he approached Falso to service it, wanting to support the business based on its previous support of veterans.


    The equipment has an estimated value of nearly $5,000.


Oswego County Business Magazine
Issue 158

Issue 158
October/November 2018

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