Three days after America celebrated Independence Day, a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest was ending when shots rang out in Dallas. Chaos ensued and by the time everything calmed, nine Dallas police officers were wounded and five lost their lives.
Within a week, Dallas business owners and community leaders united to raise money 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 put on were given to the fallen and injured officers and their loved ones.
Calverley Service Experts General Manager Tony Polendo was more than honored to join the cause.
“I was at my birthday dinner less than a mile away from the events of that horrible evening,” Polendo recounted. “That night really struck home for me. As a military veteran, I have absolute respect for anyone who wears a uniform in an endeavor to protect and serve the community.”
“When my friend called to ask if we would support this great cause by merely attending, I wanted to go beyond and not only attend, but contribute our time and effort as well.”
Tony and the Calverley Service Experts team coordinated with Lennox to auction off a new heating and cooling system with free installation at the Dine for Dallas Blue event. Below are a few pictures of the installation.
“I am both thankful and appreciative for the opportunity to have participated in such a wonderful event,” Polendo said.
From your friends at Bob Brown Service Experts, we are truly sorry for the loss of the Dallas police officer community and for the family and friends of Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.