On July 7th, 2016, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was coming to an end when shots echoed in Dallas. Panic ensued and by the time everything calmed, nine members of Dallas law enforcement were hurt and five lost their lives.
Within days, Dallas business owners and community leaders came together to raise funds for the police officers and their families. Dos Jefes, a local bistro, hosted “Dine for Dallas Blue” and all of the proceeds of the dinner and silent auction they held were given to the fallen and injured officers and their loved ones.
Calverley Service Experts General Manager Tony Polendo was more than honored to get involved.
“I was out for my birthday dinner less than a mile away from the horror that occurred that evening,” Polendo recounted. “That night struck a chord for me. As a military veteran, I have the utmost respect for any person who wears a uniform in an attempt to protect and serve our community.”
“When my associate reached out to ask if we would support this charity event by merely attending, I wanted to do more than only attend, but donate our time and effort as well.”
Tony and the Calverley Service Experts team collaborated with Lennox to auction off a new heating and cooling system with installation included at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Below are a few pictures of the installation.
“I am both honored and appreciative for the chance to have participated in such a worthwhile event,” Polendo said.
From your friends and family at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas law enforcement community and for the loved ones of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.