Florida Gators & HVAC Company Surprise Local Veteran with AC Unit

Eddie Thomas was awarded with a new AC Unit from Air Pros USA, Florida Gators, and Alachua County Veteran Services Division

Press release from Air Pros USA and Florida Gators Sports Properties

Florida Gators Sports Properties and Air Pros USA, a leading residential and commercial air conditioning services company and the official Air Conditioning partner for Gators football, came together for the annual “Saluting Those Who Serve” initiative to recognize a local Veteran. Working with the Alachua County Veteran Services Division, Air Pros USA and the Florida Gators awarded 88-year-old Eddie Thomas, a decorated Korean War Veteran, with a brand-new air conditioning unit and installation, free of charge.

Thomas was nominated by the Alachua County Veteran Services Division because of his service to the country and because he has a 23-year-old A/C unit in need of being replaced. Thomas served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1958, as well as during the Korean War. His service included overseeing security at his base in Germany as well as the K-9 units. Thomas says that the military was ahead of its time in terms of diversity and inclusion to put him in such a supervisory role at a young age.

“I am so pleased that our local Korean War Veteran, Eddie Thomas, was selected for this wonderful opportunity,” says Kim DavisExecutive Director for Alachua County Veteran Services Division. “Our Veteran Services Team is very dedicated to our Veteran Community as we strive to help them with their needs, and when something special comes along, it warms our hearts to see a deserving Veteran receive a life-changing opportunity.”

During active duty, Thomas earned a Good Conduct Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert Award, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. His military service is such a source of pride for him. Thomas, who is legally blind, still volunteers and serves on the Korean War Veterans of America Color Guard at Veteran events and funerals. 

“Like many who call South Florida home, we are passionate about the Florida Gators and giving back to the community we serve,” said Anthony Perera, President of Air Pros USA. “Honoring those who have served our country will always be a priority for Air Pros USA, not only with donations and giveaways but also in our hiring initiatives and event support.”

“We are excited that Air Pros, like several other prestigious companies, is joining us in our annual Saluting Those Who Serve initiative in supporting the Florida Gators,” said Scott Stricklin, Athletics Director at the University of Florida. “They are truly exemplary not only as one of the fastest growing Heating and Air Conditioning companies in the state, but also in their commitment to veterans and giving back.

Air Pros USA is continuously finding ways to give back to the community, including Veterans and military service members, to thank them for their service. For more information or details on franchise opportunities visit www.airprosusa.com.

About Air Pros USA:

Air Pros USA was founded in South Florida in 2017 on the premise of integrity, reliability, and putting our customers first. The company has quickly expanded to many metro areas within Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, and Washington, with more franchise partners expected to be introduced soon. Air Pros USA currently employs over 250 experienced professionals with 14 service locations. For more information or details on franchise opportunities visit www.airprosusa.com.

About Florida Gators Sports Properties:

Florida Gators Sports Properties is the multimedia rightsholder and sports marketing arm for the University Athletic Association (UAA). In complete collaboration with UF, this local, dedicated Learfield IMG College team is committed to extending the affinity of the Gators’ brand to businesses and corporations of all sizes looking to align with the undeniably loyal and passionate collegiate sports fan base. Florida Gators Sports Properties manages all aspects of the rights relationship including venue signage; event sponsorships and promotion; corporate hospitality; television; digital engagement and visibility through the official athletics website as well as radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows.

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