Guest column: Very special Special Olympics story

Fritz Sullivan 
 Ryan Stolz and his hero, Theo Etzel, and one of those special trucks.

Fritz Sullivan Ryan Stolz and his hero, Theo Etzel, and one of those special trucks.

President, Special Olympics of Collier County

Just a quick note about one of our Special Olympians, Ryan Stolz.

His dad, Matt, ran into me at one of my construction job sites last week.

He was thanking me for what we do with SOCC in Collier and how Ryan is really enjoying it.

He started to tell me about Ryan's fascination with used cell phones and how he takes them apart, puts them back together and knows all the various brands, etc.

He also added that Ryan jokes about pretending he is taking to Theo Etzel with Conditioned Air, as his other fascination is the Conditioned Air firm. Ryan visits the website all the time, pretends to talk to Theo, and just loves the company trucks.

Well, don't you know that I happen to know somebody named Theo at Conditioned Air rather well.

I asked Matt if Ryan would like to meet Theo.

Here's what happened. I called Theo and told him the story.

Theo says let's get the family out to Conditioned Air for a meet and greet.

Theo called Ryan the night before to invite him personally.

When Ryan, with his mom and dad, arrived at Conditioned Air, not only did Theo and the entire staff greet them.

They embraced them.

Theo gave Ryan a Conditioned Air hat, t-shirt, name tag, company puzzle piece (which makes him officially a piece of the puzzle which is Conditioned Air) and a grab bag.

Theo and Ryan then proceeded to meet the entire staff of the company and visit every department, loading dock and, of course, the trucks.

I just want to share what a great member of our community did for Ryan.

Oh, last deal. Ryan and his family were leaving for Mt. Rushmore. Theo made Ryan promise a picture of Ryan in front of Mt. Rushmore wearing the Conditioned Air hat.

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