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Tucson Police officer chosen for Feel the Love program

Posted at 4:58 PM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-06 13:38:49-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson Police officer has been chosen for the Feel the Love Program.

Feel the Love is a program by Lennox Industries that looks for unsung heroes in the Tucson community.

Rite Way owner Richard Walter says "People that are first responders, you know, helping the general public, but maybe struggling just a little bit."

Like Tucson Police officer Celeste Passmore, a single mom who works the overnight shifts she shares her home with her son and two dogs, but the home's swamp cooler needed to be replaced.

Celeste Passmore says "People give advice for those who work at night to be in a dark room and have it nice and cool, and that's just not possible with a swamp cooler. I have a fan going but its hard. I sweat pretty much everyday."

Lennox Industries donated brand new heating and cooling system-equipment, while rite way donated the installment.

Passmore says "I didn't know I was nominated for this so I was really shocked and I cried because it was so overwhelming. I just still can't believe this is happening."

Walter says "Somebody turned her in for the program and said this lady could use some help. She's a really fantastic person, she's out there helping the community and she's not asking for anything, but she could really use some help."

So the program thought Passmore was a great fit for the program, especially as its first recipient.

Passmore says "I don't think I ever would've made this purchase by myself so its life changing."

Crews removed the previous heating and cooling system -- and installed a brand new furnace and air conditioning system.

Walter says this system costs roughly seven to 10-thousand dollars.

Walter says "These unsung heroes are people that take care of us when we are in dire need. So we're really glad to be able to do something for them."