Cheryl Reuss was selected by Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning to receive a free A/C unit through the Military Hero Giveaway. (Submitted)

Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning, a family-owned business in the Phoenix area since 1961, recently announced the winner of its seventh annual Military Hero Giveaway.

Cheryl Reuss, a Glendale resident and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, secured the most public votes to win a free A/C unit in the giveaway that is meant to honor the sacrifices of local veterans, active-duty service members and their families.

“It is such an honor to be selected for this year’s Military Hero Giveaway,” Reuss said. “The people at Forrest Anderson have been extraordinary, and it’s so wonderful that they have this giveaway. This is going to help my granddaughter and me stay cool through the summer and will make such a big difference in our lives. I’m so thankful for Forrest Anderson.”

Since 2016, Forrest Anderson has worked with local partners to sponsor the Military Hero A/C Giveaway each year around Veterans Day because they see the health risks of living without air conditioning in Arizona. Previous winners include veterans from Peoria, Ahwatukee, Mesa and Wittman.

Reuss served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993, reaching the rank of corporal. After her service, she began her civilian career in human resources and eventually found her way to teaching elementary and junior high school for 10 years. She spends a lot of her time with the Arizona Roadrunners, a chapter of the Women Marines Association. As a single parent raising her 10-year-old granddaughter, Reuss also spends time volunteering with Girl Scouts of the USA.

A friend nominated Reuss for the giveaway, citing her love and dedication to her granddaughter and her commitment to giving back to her community.

Forrest Anderson selected Reuss as one of four finalists in this year’s Military Hero A/C Giveaway and the community responded, selecting her as the winner of a new A/C unit during a 14-day public voting period. 

Forrest Anderson will replace Reuss’s 20-year-old system with a brand-new unit, fully installed with the help of industry partners, MORSCO HVAC/Bush Supply and Smiley Crane Service.

In addition, Cameron Davis, president of Razor Thin Media, presented her with a $500 gift card.

To recognize the three runners-up, President of Forrest Anderson Audrey Monell gave Larry Brown of Surprise, Donald Kuhl of Phoenix, and Beth Nehring of Phoenix a free A/C tune-up for one unit valued at $84.95.

“The Forrest Anderson team is proud to honor Cheryl and present her with an A/C unit,” Monell said. “This giveaway is just a small thank-you for her service to our country and her commitment to her community. We are so thankful to all of our finalists this year.

“We hope that, by sharing their stories, we have helped to support them and highlight the importance of our military community. We couldn’t be more grateful for their service and sacrifice.”