Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric Installs Donated YORK HVAC System in Home Gifted to U.S. Military Veteran

January 28, 2020

This month, Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric and Virginia Air Distributors partnered with local contractors and Building Homes for Heroes during a Welcome Home ceremony in Virginia Beach, Va., for Navy Lieutenant Patrick Ferguson. Ferguson, who joined the military in 1991, sustained multiple injuries throughout his more than two decades of service. His injuries require specific modifications to his home in order to live safely and focus on his recovery.

To support Ferguson, Johnson Controls and Virginia Air Distributors donated a YORK® heating and cooling system with a Wi-Fi® capable YORK® touch-screen thermostat to better assist him with adjusting his home’s temperature without the need to get up. Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric donated the HVAC installation services for the veteran’s new home.

“We are honored to partner with companies like Virginia Air Distributors, and Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electric to gift a home to Lieutenant Ferguson and his/her family,” said Andy Pujol, founder and CEO of Building Homes for Heroes. “The customized amenities companies like Johnson Controls are able to bring to these beautiful homes allows veterans to live their lives in greater comfort and dignity. Together, we are providing not only a foundation for Lieutenant Ferguson, but a hopeful path to a bright future with the opportunity to reach dreams he may have never thought imaginable when injured.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the United States Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide.

“There is no greater honor than giving back to the veterans that have sacrificed for our country. We are proud to provide Navy Lieutenant Patrick Ferguson and his family with a comfortable environment in his new home,” said Buddy Smith, president and owner, Russell’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric.

The YORK brand of Johnson Controls has been a proud sponsor of Building Homes for Heroes since 2014. The company has been recognized by US Veterans Magazine as a top veteran-friendly company. Johnson Controls is also committed to hiring veterans and military spouses. Veteran employees are honored to design, engineer and assemble systems that help improve the lives of fellow veterans.

Building Homes for Heroes invites anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the organization to contact Building Homes for Heroes at To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes

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About Building Homes for Heroes

Counting 13 consecutive years of record-setting growth, Building Homes for Heroes® builds and gifts mortgage-free homes, and completes home modifications, for veterans and their families, and provides further services along their road to recovery to help them live a promising and fulfilling life ahead. The organization is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country after September 11, 2001, during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. To learn more about the organization, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn @buildinghomesforheroes and @helpbhh on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls

At Johnson Controls, we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. From optimizing building performance to improving safety and enhancing comfort, we drive the outcomes that matter most. We deliver our promise in industries such as healthcare, education, data centers and manufacturing. With a global team of 105,000 experts in more than 150 countries and over 130 years of innovation, we are the power behind our customers’ mission. Our leading portfolio of building technology and solutions includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, York®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, Penn®, Sabroe®, Simplex®, Ansul® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.