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