Jeremy Koehler,

Jeremy Koehler, a veteran of the United States Army, was the 2018 winner of Forrest Anderson’s Military Hero A/C Giveaway contest.

The West Valley’s Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning Inc. named three finalists for its fourth annual Military Hero A/C Giveaway contest. A Facebook page vote determines who will win a new air conditioning unit, fully installed and free of charge.

The finalists are an El Mirage Police Officer, a welder from Wittman and a retiree from West Phoenix - all veterans.

“My grandfather, Forrest Anderson, was a World War II Veteran who taught me and our entire family about the importance of serving others in the community,” said Audrey Monell, President of Forrest Anderson. “This giveaway contest gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Veterans and active duty servicemembers, while helping out a local family in one small way.”

The winner of the 2019 Military Hero A/C Giveaway will be announced by Veteran’s Day on Monday, Nov. 11.

Details on the finalists:

Dan Dennison of Wittman served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years with assignments in Turkey, Italy, Germany and Brazil. Most of his career was spent at Luke Air Force Base with his wife Brenda and family, where he was a F-16 crew chief with the 302nd Fighter Squadron. Following retirement in 2007, Dan drove school buses and semi-trucks and now does custom welding out of his home. The family’s 20-year old A/C unit was damaged in a storm and despite repairs, it continues to leak and work poorly. Dan’s son and his family will be moving in to save money while expecting their second child in February and Dan wants them to be comfortable. 

Fran Drane of Phoenix joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1960 and was part of the Signal Corps stationed out of Alabama where she married a service member. When she became pregnant, the military automatically discharged her with honors. Fran and her husband raised four children (one passed away at 41). She worked in administration at St. Luke’s Medical Center for 15 years and at a mortuary for 15 years.  Her current A/C unit is 30 years old and no longer works properly to cool the home that she shares with her 34-year-old daughter, seven dogs and a 21-year-old cockatiel bird. 

Bryan Watson of  Phoenix is an El Mirage Police Officer who served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 2001 to 2006. He was stationed in Hawaii, as well as New Orleans where he assisted in relief efforts to help the community recover following Hurricane Katrina’s destruction. After leaving the military, he entered the police academy and served as an officer for the Payson Police Department before becoming an officer in El Mirage. His current A/C unit doesn’t work properly to cool the home shared by his wife and two children, ages 5 and 14. 

This is the fourth consecutive year Forrest Anderson has sponsored the Military Hero AC Giveaway. The contest was made possible thanks to generous donations from MORSCO HVAC Supply/Bush Supply which is providing a 14 SEER Comfortmaker HVAC system and the sheet metal and Smiley Crane Service.

Forrest Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. has been providing exceptional service to the Phoenix area since 1961. 

For more information, call 623-428-0215 or visit forrestanderson.net.