Generator Power Systems, an Affiliate of Fish Electric and several other local businesses in the Spring and Tomball, Texas area came to the rescue for Marine Corporal Dan Peterson by donating a Kohler standby power generator system. The Texas Sentinels Foundation sent out a request to help with round the clock power support for a wheelchair bound Marine who would benefit from the added safety and protection of a standby generator provides. It took only a few hours before Richard and Jeanne Filip, Co-Founders of the Texas Sentinels Foundation, received a call from Jim and Yvonne Fish, owners of Generator Power Systems and Fish Electric in Spring saying they had a group of volunteers ready to donate and install a Kohler generator for Dan.
“We are honored and grateful to give Corporal Peterson some peace of mind when it comes to his power needs. We think about what Dan sacrificed for this country, for all of us, to have our own peace of mind” Yvonne Fish said was the initial reason to volunteer their services. Jim Fish added that “Supporting our returning heroes is the right thing to do. I am glad that we could make Dan’s transition to everyday life a little easier.”
While on his second deployment in the Southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2010, Corporal Dan Peterson was hit by an IED while on patrol and the result was a severe and traumatic amputation of both of his legs, a fractured pelvis, and numerous other broken bones and major internal injuries. Today, Dan continues to live life to its fullest and he readily accepts the daily challenges to maintain his independence while confined to a wheelchair. Corporal Peterson was overcome by emotion when the generator crews arrived to install his new Kohler generator. Recently, Dan has had several opportunities and the good fortune to be able to run his home, power his electric wheelchair and use his remote door systems while the entire neighborhood endured lengthy power outages. Corporal Peterson said he has made friends for life with the generator crew and will remain eternally grateful and thankful for being able to maintain his independence knowing that his Kohler generator has his back.
Other donors for Dan’s new Kohler standby power generator include Loftin Equipment, Kohler Generators, Hughes Natural Gas, JRJ Construction and Meistad Plumbing. All the donors agreed after sharing stories and getting to know Dan that his gratitude was overwhelming, his humor was abundant and partnering with the Texas Sentinels Foundation to give round the clock protection to Corporal Peterson was a deeply moving and life-changing experience.