Topeka company helps Jefferson County woman to heat her home
by Dennis Sharkey
When Jefferson County resident Mildred Dressler wants to heat up her house she doesn’t walk over to the thermostat and make an adjustment, instead she makes a long walk through a cold garage, down the stairs and to the back of her basement.
Her furnace is old and the thermostat no longer works. To turn the furnace on she has to flip a switch on the breaker box in the basement.
After Monday Dressler won’t have to make that trip anymore thanks to a holiday promotion by a couple of Topeka companies.
Dressler anxiously awaited Monday morning for her new furnace to be delivered and installed by Blue Dot Heating, Cooling and Plumbing of Topeka. Dressler was picked by the company and WIBW radio in Topeka for the furnace which was installed by the company on Monday for free.
Dressler said she was at home a few weeks ago when she got a phone call from her granddaughter Tammy Arfmann, also of Jefferson County, telling her that she was going to get a phone call and to not hang up.
A few days later a representative of WIBW and Blue Dot contacted Dressler to inform her that she had won a new furnace valued at about $8,000.
“I was sure surprised,” Dressler said on Monday. “Goodness gracious, I’ve never won anything before.”
Dressler has one grandchild that lives with her and two more than she cares for on a frequent basis. Knowing her grandmother’s need, Arfmann submitted Dressler’s name for her.
Dressler was chosen for the prize because of her need. She and her late husband, Charles, built their house north of Oskaloosa in 1971. The original furnace has been in disrepair for several years and it has become increasingly harder to find parts for the aging machine. Dressler said her son wired the furnace together to get it to work.
“I was beginning to wonder how long it would last,” she said.
Thanks to this Christmas surprise Dressler won’t have to wonder any longer.
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