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Every now and then we have an opportunity to lift someone up who needs our support, to reach out to someone who was always there for us, to pay it forward and pay it back and to just do the right thing. Most the time in these types of situations it doesn't cost us a thing rather all it takes is a few moments of our time and that's what I'm asking from you. My good friend Jason just informed me that another good friend of of of mine Jeff Schwering, active fire engineering community member, dedicated firefighter and fantastic family man is going through some tremendous health challenges. I don't need to tell you how difficult it can be to suffer through dramatic health issues alone or feeling that you're alone.


The reality is as long as you are a firefighter, as long as you are a member of this community, and as long as it takes for you to get better we just want you to know Jeff that this entire 8000 member family is praying for you. Whether we are Jewish or Catholic whether we are Moslem or Hindu and even our agnostic and atheist members are lifting you up in our own way, in that special way that only a member of this community and only a serious firefighter can understand.


Jeff has always been a good friend to me, Jeff has always been a good friend to the American fire service, Jeff has always served his community with honor, he has accepted his duty despite its hardships, and has served this nation with valor. Now he needs to hear from you and you, he needs to hear that were thinking of him and that we want everything to work out for him and his beautiful family.


I have had the privilege to read in this community thoughtful and well developed opinions by Jeff, I have had the privilege of meeting with him in Sullivan Missouri and spending time with him. My life has been made better because I have had the chance to know Jeff Schwering you may not have recognized the name immediately if you look back through the posts on this site you'll immediately recognize the name. The recognize it because he acts the same and sounds the same in all of his posts he carries himself with dignity and character that one would expect of an officer and a gentleman in the American fire service.


Being sick and injured can be a sad and lonely time, our lives are very busy and sometimes we forget that as we are racing through the day that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. To be blessed with good health is the greatest blessing of all, the second greatest blessing is to have a loving family and true friends will lift you up with every opportunity when that blessing of good health fails, who will stand by you through every hardship, who will pray for you, think of you, reach out to you and pester you relentlessly demanding that you get better and come back to us as good as you were before.


Please take a moment to tell Jeff that we are here for him. Please take a moment to tell Jeff that this is the greatest online community in the world, the community where we use our first and last names because we want people to know who we are, that like Jeff we are proud of our opinions, and that we will share them whether we agree or disagree with our friends. Please take a moment and let Jeff know that on this one issue there are no differing opinions, there is only one that Jeff must get well and return to us as soon as possible.


I can say without reservation that like Will Rogers I have never met a fireman I didn't like but there are some that I clearly like better and others that I will remember forever, Jeff is one of those with whom I will always stand by and whom I will always care for. Get well my brother you're in my thoughts and prayers your friend Bobby


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Comment by PJ Langmaid on April 2, 2011 at 11:13am


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.



Comment by Jeff Schwering on March 16, 2011 at 6:32pm


Again you humble me my friend. I gladly accept the FDIC offer. You again have lifted my spirits and thank you just doesn't seem enough! The welcome back party sounds fantastic, a chance to be with my Brothers and good friends and celebrate life, how dear it is to us all, and Brotherhood. Bobby, all the best with FDIC next week and I'll be counting the days until the greatest show on earth in 2012. God Bless Bobby! Jeff

Comment by Bobby Halton on March 15, 2011 at 8:25pm


We all love you and glad you are fighting back. I also would like you to come to FDIC next year the conference is on me. We will have a welcome back Jeff party!

Comment by Jeff Schwering on March 15, 2011 at 7:01pm
A big thanks to everyone for the thoughts and prayers, they have made a difference, because I am able to thank you all! To my Brother and Friend Bobby, you have strengthened me and humbled me by this, To all my Brothers and Sisters in our great profession, Thank You! Just a little background, I fell and broke my leg on the ice in January, had surgery, while sitting back to heal, I had a brain bleed not once, but twice. I spent most of Febuary and the beginning of March in the hospital. The good news is rehab and minding my doctors, I will be able to return to full duty in a couple months. Again thanks to all and above all Bobby Halton and Billy Golfeder, who called me in the hospital during some rough times and lifted my spirits. To my Brothers, Thank You! Thank You! I have a fantastic family and a great profession to help me keep the Reaper away and it shows! God Bless You All and your families! Jeff
Comment by R F D 6/ M. France, Chief on March 14, 2011 at 7:45pm
I met Jeff about a year and half ago and loss touch with him i joined here, and i offer my  thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to man who me made think twice.
Comment by Mike Gurr on February 28, 2011 at 11:18pm

Jeff, praying that my Lord Jesus Christ would comfort you in your time of need. Praying that you would call upon him for all of your needs. Myself and the rest of my Brothers with The Fellowship of Christian Firefighters will keep you in our prayers...


Mat 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Comment by Anthony Avillo on February 28, 2011 at 8:00pm

Hey Jeff

We are all pulling and praying 4 u

Be strong brother

Comment by John K. Murphy on February 28, 2011 at 3:18pm


Thanks for the suggestion - just did it - piece of cake

Comment by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 28, 2011 at 2:15pm

You can go to and leave Jeff an E-get well card. Hit "patients/visitors" on the toolbar, then go to "send patient email", templates will come up, select one, write your message and hit "send". It's easy. I did it.


Comment by D M on February 28, 2011 at 10:50am
Many prayers for your speedy recovery! I was seriously injured on duty ten years ago this month and have fought for my health every day since then. It is hard at times but with love and support you can get through anything, just never give up! Bless you and your family.

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