PLYMOUTH – A local family who would have otherwise had no heat during these chilling temperatures is now warm and comfortable thanks to help they received from Councilor Dan Gentile and Thomaston Comfort.
Gentile, who is also the president of Oil and Energy Service Professionals (OESP), said that the Grozik family was in critical need of a new boiler shortly before Christmas. The family reached out to him, and Gentile was able to acquire the parts for the new boiler through OESP’s “Oil Hear Cares Fund.” The labor was then donated by Thomaston Comfort.
“Thomaston Comfort had their guys there from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. to install the new furnace,” said Gentile. “I am a service manager at Torrco, I started in the oil business when I was 12 years old helping out my dad and I have been in the business for 40 years now. I’ve been OESP for 30 years. I can tell you that their system was old; it had leaks, it was providing them with only minimal hot water and it was just not useable anymore.”
Gentile said that OESP started the fund more than 15 years ago and he has probably helped out around 15 families facing similar predicaments with their home heating systems.
“The Grozik family are people that I knew from town,” said Gentile. “They knew that I had done this for other people and they were in dire need, so they reached out to me directly. They’re so happy with the work that was done; beyond words to describe it.”
Gentile said that he encourages residents, veterans and anyone else who was down on their luck to file an application. He said that he is currently working on providing assistance to the local American Legion Post 20.
“Since they had that accident last November, where someone hit the post with a pickup truck, they have to undergo some major renovations. We will be helping them to move their boiler, since they’re going to knock down their old chimney and put in a new one. We’ve already put in the application; we’re just waiting for approval.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.