Veteran receives fuel through Heat for Heroes program

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Economy Fuel will award Vietnam veteran, Burton Wellons of Shelton, $750 worth of heating oil through their Heat for Heroes program. Mike Gill of Economy Fuel will honor Mr. Wellons’ military service as this year’s Heat for Heroes recipient with invited guests Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and Greater Valley Chamber President Bill Purcell. The event will take place at the chamber’s headquarters at 10 Progress Drive in Shelton at 10 a.m.

Each year, Economy Fuel’s Heat for Heroes program gives heating oil to a deserving Fairfield or New Haven County veteran, helping them keep warm all winter long as a way of giving back. “Our company believes strongly in serving those who have served,” says Managing Director, Mike Gill.

This year’s Heat for Heroes recipient, Burton Wellons, was selected from several entries. Wellons, 80, served as a communications officer during the onset of the war. A retired self-employed carpenter, he was active until earlier this year when a serious ankle infection, resulting in two debilitating surgeries and a heart attack, disabled him. At the same time, his wife Priscilla was also disabled and forced to close her business due to serious health issues. The couple lost their income and their home. Their daughter, Robin Friend of Shelton, brought them to live near her and nominated her father for the program. “My father is an amazing man,” she said. “Even though he can barely stand, he continues to do small furniture and screen repairs while seated. It’s not much in the way of income, so you can’t imagine how much this heating oil will help them this year.”   

In addition to their Heat for Heroes program, Economy Fuel also sponsors the annual Heroes Day at the Sports Center of Connecticut and offers a special military, first responders and veteran discount for their Heating Oil Buyers Club. The company’s “camo-wrapped” oil truck is a proud reminder to the public of ‘our debt to our veterans’.

Economy Fuel is a full service heating oil company, providing heating oil delivery, heating and air conditioning installation as well as maintenance and repair to homeowners across Fairfield and New Haven counties. The company’s unique Heating Oil Buyer’s Club provides homeowners an affordable way to buy fuel without compromising service. To learn more visit or call 203-367-7064.