An 84 year old woman in Tyler, TX went without air conditioning for nearly a month. Sybil Templeton’s AC stopped working and her home warranty company estimated a new unit would cost $8,000, a bill she could pay upfront and submit for reimbursement. Living on a budget and unable to bring her three dogs to a shelter with her, she stayed in her home for four days.
Templeton filled ziplock bags with ice and would place them on her neck and chest to get relief from the 90 degree heat inside her home of 33 years. But when the Texas temps rose into the triple digits she knew she couldn’t withstand the heat any longer. When her friend Chad Atchley heard that she was going through this horrible situation, he told her to pack a bag and bring everyone.
“When I picked her up she could barely walk, she was dehydrated. It hurt me to see her like that. She’s my friend of 27 years and to see her go from healthy to nothing in four days is not right,” said Atchley. Templeton stayed with her friend for three weeks as they tried to come to a solution with the home warranty company to no avail.
Todd Green, owner of a local HVAC company, East Texas Refrigeration, heard about the dire situation he called KETK News to figure out a way to get Templeton back in her home. Green made the call Wednesday morning and by noon that day, he had workers there installing a new unit for free. Templeton says she is grateful for all of the calls to help her out and thanks everyone involved during her situation. “I just couldn’t believe it. You know you hear of stuff like, you don’t expect anything like that to ever happen to you. I couldn’t stop crying. I really couldn’t stop crying,” said Templeton.