Joseph Peck of Omaha, Nebraska went to work as an apprentice for Western
Electric after high school. The Western Electric Company manufactured electrical
equipment, and it was established after it moved to Chicago from Cleveland in 1872.
Over the years there were many iterations for and from Western Electric, one of the
branches became AT&T Technologies, Lucent Technologies and Avaya. Joe
belonged to the IBEW and worked on commercial rooftop heating and air
conditioning units. He would tell his daughters that these units were as big as their
van, and he also told them about making and installing ductwork. How many of us
in the HVAC industry have told similar stories to our children? Joe also ran a side
business called Midlands Heating and Air Conditioning that concentrated primarily
on residential installation, service, and inspection. After more than 30 years with
Avaya Joe took retirement during a company buyout primarily because he had
started to struggle with balance issues.
In March 2022 Joe’s wife became a paraplegic due to a spinal cord stroke!
His daughter Vicki was already living with cervical myelopathy resulting from
compression of the spinal cord in her neck. With all this, everything became
exponentially more difficult financially for Joe’s family. When the main house drain
backed up into the basement laundry room in early 2023 the family was desperate.
There was no one they could reach out to for help, but the daughters’ online search
led them to our foundation.
Thanks to your continued support the foundation was able to bail them out!
After everything had been repaired Vicki told us, “2023 has been crazy so far. I am
recovering from my stay in the ICU and two kidney surgeries while mom was
hospitalized with serious pressure sores. The drain problem was something we
needed to do right away but could not afford to. Your foundation came to the
rescue, and we are eternally grateful.”