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.