Our Honored Veterans
MIKE & SHANNA KREZAFire Captain Mike Kreza served with the Costa Mesa Fire Department from 2000-2018. On November 3, 2018, Mike was tragically struck and killed by an impaired driver while riding his bike. Mike was a beloved husband to his wife, Shanna, and a caring father for their three beautiful girls. Shanna was nominated for our HVAC for Heroes program because her AC was outdated and expensive to operate. In the heat of the summer, it would cost up to $600 a month. After receiving her complimentary full system and duct replacement, Shanna’s highest summer bill was only $175. This gift gave her the ability to run the system continuously for consistent home comfort.
ASHOT MALKHASSIANAshot Malkhassian proudly served as a member of the United States Marine Corps from 2001-2004. He operated as a machine gunner in the infantry and participated in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. His second deployment was to Fallujah in 2004. Ashot suffered bullet wounds to the hip, shattering his femur and causing extensive internal damage. After months of recovery, he was medically retired from the Marine Corps. Ashot is a dedicated husband and father of four adorable children. Becoming familiar with Ashot and his family was the highlight of our organization’s history. We consider ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to serve his family.
JEFF ANDRADEJeff served as a radio operator in the second battalion, fourth Marines from 2000-2004. He served two deployments in Ramadi, Iraq back in 2004 when he was injured in the line of duty. Jeff is the father to two beautiful children and a loving husband to his wife of over 5 years. Friends and family flooded our inbox with nominations for Mr. Andrade when we first launched HVAC for Heroes. His overwhelming support is a testament to Jeff’s character. We thank him for his service and are humbled to have had the opportunity to meet and serve Jeff and his family.
Cheyne Wilson is a disabled veteran who proudly served as a member of the 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment from 2001-2005. He served three deployments in Afghanistan and one deployment in Iraq. During his service, he earned the rank of Sergeant and graduated from the US Army Ranger School and Airborne School. Cheyne is the father to a beautiful 12-year-old daughter (Shelby) and a loving husband to his wife (Alicia).