Vietnam vet receives new water heater thanks to MVRC grant Posted January 4, 2017 by Stefanie Hauck

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Why is it that as soon as you feel that first cold bite of winter, major appliances tend to break down? A local Vietnam veteran experienced just that when one of the heating elements in his water heater went bad in the beginning of December.

Howard and Laura Heimlich were blessed with hot water once again courtesy of a grant MVRC obtained from Home Depot.

What's even better is his step-grandson and MVRC counselor, Ryan Sargent, installed it for him.  Sargent is no ordinary do-it-yourselfer as he worked in the commercial building maintenance field for more than 16 years.

"Installing appliances was my main job at one time," Sargent said. "In 1999, I started out as a Maintenance Assistant and worked my way up to Maintenance Specialist, and eventually Lead Maintenance Assistant with a team of maintenance personnel responsible to me. I did do some side jobs at one time, and still help others from time to time."
The Heimlichs were without a fully operating water heater for about two weeks. Since one burner was working, they were able to take showers, but they had to be quick.
"We had to take Navy showers," Heimlich said. "Since our hot water only lasted for about five minutes at a time."

Heimlich served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1966. He and his wife, Laura, live in Pataskala.