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Tuffy Gives Back to Local Soldier

Twenty two year old local soldier, Sergeant Chad Blair – US Army, recently embarked on his second tour duty in Afghanistan after being awarded two purple hearts during his first tour. When owners of the Findlay, OH Tuffy Auto Service Center John and Rhonda Firestone heard about Sgt. Blair’s return to service from his mother Angie, they decided to help.

The Firestones are passionate about supporting their local community, having consistently donated time and resources to countless local charities and organizations over the years.  They were recently awarded the Hometown Heroes award by Advanced Auto Parts for their outstanding devotion to their customers who serve in the US Armed Forces.  “Our first year in business, we donated 100 oil changes to celebrate Veteran’s Day, and we’ve done it every year since” John explains.  “Rhonda and I love our Veterans, and that was one small way of showing respect and gratitude to our men and women in uniform.”

John and Rhonda offered to perform any services needed on Sgt. Blair’s 2008 Pontiac G6.  With parts donated from Advanced Auto Parts Commercial Account Manager Mark Jordan, the Tuffy team replaced the brake pads and rotors, flushed and replaced all the fluids, balance all four wheels and did a complete alignment free of charge.  They even paid to have the car detailed, so that it will be in prime condition upon Sgt. Blair’s return.  Local business directory website, Flag City Online, shot a video of the service to post on their website,

The vehicle was returned to Sgt. Blair’s mother on Tuesday 12/21.  Members from Tuffy’s corporate staff from Toledo were in attendance to present a Tuffy gift basket.

Tuffy is one of the largest full-service automotive repair franchises in the country. Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Tuffy Associates Corp. operates and franchises over 235 Tuffy Auto Service Centers in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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