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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 Jon D Marsh on February 28, 2011 at 8:21am
Jeff, Bobby is right on the mark ! This is a great brotherhood and community where we are strongly tied to one another in all our emotions and beliefs regardless of our petty differences that we often express with momentary passion. I've always read your material and enjoyed it thoroughly ! When we suddenly find ourselves unable to perform our regular duty as firefighters and realize that we might have to change our routine, a devastating fear sometimes surrounds us, we suddenly allow ourselves to think that our quality of firefighting life is over- that we are useless and washed up. I remember trying to get over that horrible feeling after a cardiac arrest 3years ago. Never ever let yourself believe such a thought. you are a valuable source of experience and knowledge that needs to be shared with the training community and beyond ! Our prayers are for you, and we're ready to absorb and enjoy your firefighting wisdom as we have in the past !! God Bless you Jeff, and I'm sure He will, with all that is good!!
Jon Marsh
Comment by P.J. Norwood on February 27, 2011 at 8:26pm

We are all with you Brother! Rest up and let your good Dr's do what they do best. You are in my prayers.



Comment by John K. Murphy on February 27, 2011 at 7:43pm
Our prayers are with Jeff and his family. I too have been in touch with Jeff and family via facebook and lending support for his well being
Comment by Wayne Benner Jr on February 27, 2011 at 3:47pm

Although I have never met Jeff face to face as with many on here, I have talked to Jeff via internet and posts on many of occassions.  

Jeff is strong and will be back as hes a fighter and not shy to jump into some of the debates. 


So Jeff get better my friend we are awaiting you.  



Comment by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 27, 2011 at 1:06pm

The last I knew; Jeff had broken his leg and had the surgery to pin and plate it.

Then, I saw posts on Facebook that indicated that Jeff had suffered some kind of medical setback. Having been in the same boat, I immediately thought that he might have gotten an infection, blood clot; I didn't know, but I didn't want to ask either.

He's a tough son-of-a-gun and he is a very humble fellow.

I had sent him a pithy reply in his discussion blog on coming to the middle and all Hell broke loose.

I can hardly wait to see his reply.

In the meantime, I will post something at Facebook and see if we can get friends and acquaintances to re-post it.

Come on Jeff. Your adoring public wants you back...

Healthy and stronger than ever.



Comment by Jason Hoevelmann on February 27, 2011 at 12:37pm
Thanks Bobby, and Jeff, we are here with you the whole way.  Stay strong Brother.

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