FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Leigh Faircloth, CAE, Exec.
Director South Carolina Association of
Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors
Phone: (800) 395-9276
Cool Aid Warms Hearts is Proud to Help an Unheralded
Columbia War Hero
When James White picked up the phone in his Columbia home the voice on the other end said,
“Is this the James White who served in the Army in Vietnam?”
“Yes,” Mr. White responded.
“The James White who pulled a wounded soldier out of a creek to get him to a medic?” the man
on the other end asked.
“Yes sir,” Mr. White said.
“That wounded man was me. I just wanted to thank you for saving my life.”
Sixty-nine year old Retired Sergeant First Class James White never received a medal for his
heroic effort, and he says that’s O.K. “Just getting a phone call like that is good enough,” Mr.
The South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors is proud to help this
humble man and show our gratitude for his service to our country, through our Cool Aid Warms
Starting on Wednesday August 28th, licensed HVAC professionals will begin installing a new
heating and air conditioning system in Mr. White’s home. In addition, experts with The
Sustainability Institute and SC Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will ensure the
veteran’s home is energy efficient.
This is more than just a one time gift. Mr. White says his monthly energy bill on average $440.
The Cool Aid Warms Hearts crew believes their work will substantially reduce Mr. White’s
“We are so thankful for association members who volunteered their expertise to help Mr. White,”
Leigh Faircloth with SCAHACC says. Faircloth says it makes sense that this project is occurring
the same week football season kicks off because “We have a winning team working on this,”
Faircloth says. “Our association big hitters are Broom Heating & Air Conditioning, Stoudenmire
Heating & AC, Johnstone Supply and Epting Distributors; we wouldn’t be able to tackle a project
this big. “
Established in 1989, the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors is a non-profit organization
comprised of nearly 1,000 industry allies from across the state, including several hundred licensed contractors and their
employees, equipment distributors, electric and gas utilities and HVAC instructors. The SCAHACC works to promote
professionals in the industry who create jobs and provides safe and needed products and services for the comfort of their