Peoria police officer surprised with winning contest

From left, Empire Metal Products owner Sal Farina, Forrest Anderson president Audrey Monell, and Peoria police officer Sean Egger with the Military Hero AC Giveaway award in November. [ photo]
Sean Egger, a two-time Purple Heart recipient and Peoria police officer, was surprised at the Peoria Police Department this month with his family and coworkers after winning the Military Hero AC Giveaway contest presented by Forrest Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., a family-owned business in the Phoenix area since 1961.

The goal of the contest was to honor men and women who have served, by donating and installing a new air conditioning unit for a local veteran or active military member and their family. Dozens of nominations were submitted, followed by two weeks of public Facebook voting for the top two finalists. Mr. Egger, who is currently living with a broken AC unit, received over 1,000 votes from the general public.

“We are so honored to make life a little easier for a local military hero like Sean by providing a brand new air conditioning unit and installationthis Veteran’s Day,” Audrey Monell, president of Forrest Anderson, said in a news release. “Wetruly loved learning about our local veteransthrough this competition. This is just a small wayfor us to express our gratitude for their service

to our country.”

Mr. Egger was assigned to 1/37AR in Germany and deployed to one of the most dangerous cities in the world — Ramadi, Iraq — in late 2005. While he was deployed, Mr. Egger was shot in the head by a sniper. Fortunately his weapon, which was mounted in front of his face during the shooting, slowed the velocity of the bullet enough to keep from penetrating his skull. Mr. Egger lived, and rejoined his brothers as soon as he was cleared.

Before the deployment ended, he received another Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal. He accepted an honorable discharge instead of re- enlisting and now serves the community as a Peoria police officer.

It was a close race during the Facebook voting contest and the other finalist, Roy Chalmers of Surprise, will not go home empty-handed. Mr. Chalmers will receive a one-year Loyalty Maintenance Plan valued at $340 for his two current air conditioning units. This plan includes two free inspections per year by certified professionals, as well as 15 percent off all repair costs for each unit.

The generous donation is made possible in part by Sigler Wholesale Distributors, which is providing a Carrier 14 Seer Heating and Cooling system, Empire Metal Products, which donated the sheet metal, and Smiley Crane Service.

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