As we celebrate Veterans Day today, I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that most people know at least one veteran. A family member, friend, former classmate, I bet that everyone knows someone who has served in a branch of our great country’s military. Hydra-Tech Pumps currently employs 22 people and our group includes four veterans.
Kyle Whittaker, Hydra-Tech’s President, served in the Army for three years and spent time in both Korea and Vietnam. Andy Falco our VP of Manufacturing spent 4 years in the Marines. Darryl Cunfer the Manager of Product Development and Training spent 4 years in the Army. Tim Frye, one of Hydra-Tech Pumps’ machinists, spent 3 years in the Navy and 2 years in the reserves as a Corpsman.
On Wednesday November 6th the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate for the Philadelphia Flyers hosted Military Appreciation Night. Because of our ties to veterans, Hydra-Tech Pumps sponsored 50 tickets for veterans to attend the game. In all, there were over 3,160 tickets donated for veterans to be able to attend the game.
Because we participated in the sponsorship, we were provided 4 tickets to use for the game. We chose to send our own veterans down and three of our four veterans were able to attend. Rounding out the group was Darryl’s grandson, who got to enjoy his first Phantoms game. The Phantoms provided a win for all in attendance, they beat the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins by a score of 4-2.
We would like to thank all active military personnel who are currently serving and all veterans for their service to our country. We are proud of your sacrifices.