Jessie Miller
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  • Columbus, Ohio
  • United States
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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
Seven Years
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Columbus Fire Auxiliary
Years With Department/Agency
2 Years
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Springfield Twp. Volunteer Fire Department
Minerva Park Fire Department
My Training:
240 hour Level 2 Firefighter, EMT-Basic, HazMat Tech, Rope Rescue, Structural Collapse Operations, Confined Space, NIMS.
About Me:
I love to hunt and fish. Especially fly fishing. I'm a pretty avid Ohio State Football fan as well as Marshall University out of West Virginia. I show cutting horses and enjoy working for a horse trainer in northern Ohio. I have always enjoyed writing stories and firefighter poetry. I am a big supporter of the Everyone Goes Home program and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Firefighter safety is number one in my book. I hate to see a brother or sister's name added to the memorial in Emmitsburg.
Day Job:
Hospital ER
Relationship Status:
Single
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
When I was a young kid, still in the single digits, I met a volunteer firefighter. I asked him, "Have you ever saved anyone?" He smiled at me and said, "Yep." The pride I saw in his eyes just wowed me. I knew then that I would be a firefighter one day. In 2002, that firefighter was killed in the line of duty. I was still in high school so I joined the department as a junior firefighter just a few months after his death. I joined the fire department in memory of my fallen brother, to help my community, and because I wanted to be as proud of my job as that firefighter was. One thing I can truly say, is that I am.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I enjoy being with my brothers and sisters in the fire service. Most of all, I just love helping people!
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Prevention of Line of Duty Deaths and Firefighter Injuries

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Who's In Your Wallet?

"I love you jakob and amanda my sjel crying ag slept but in my hjerthe knus FAR."
Jan 28, 2009

Remembering Firefighter Dusty Schwendeman 1975-2002

In Loving Memory of...
Dustin Michael Schwendeman
May 1, 1975 - January 22, 2002


Your memory has stood the test of time,
like a song with no reason or rhyme,
time has passed and years gone by,
since you were called to God on high.

Seven years has never seemed so small,
almost as if no time has gone by at all,
change has touched everything since you've been gone,
though some things remain untouched no matter how long.

I could never have imagined this day,
unable to conceive of a life with you gone that way,
Now, here we remain, trying to reform our lives,
working to remember the good memories of while you were still alive.

I never thought it would last this long,
keeping your memories right where they now belong,
the thought of you crossing my mind for 365 days for 7 years,
sometimes bringing laughter and smiles and sometimes tears.

I made a promise to you when you left,
because as firefighters we never forget the best,
to love and remember you from that moment on,
a promise which will last no matter how long you're gone.

Dusty's Story...

Dusty was a young volunteer firefighter in southeastern Ohio. He was very devoted to his family, friends, fire department, and community. He served as the department's association President and was instrumental in helping the small department receive new equipment such as a new International engine.

Dusty loved working with children and horses. He joined the two together when he opened up his own horse training facility at the age of 18. There, he gave lessons to children showing in 4-H and helped them to get their start in the world of showing in the horse industry.

Dusty always had the biggest smile on his face and the bluest eyes you would ever see. His face would light up any time a child walked into the room. He loved his parents dearly and was looking forward to starting a life with his loving fiancé. Once you met Dusty, you would never forget him. He left a mark on everyone he came into contact with. He could light up a room on a cloudy day.

Things changed on January 21, 2002. Dusty was called out to a structure fire with reported "people entrapped". While responding to the station in his POV, Dusty topped a hill and came into contact with black ice. Losing control of his SUV, the vehicle rolled several times. Dusty was ejected during one of the roll overs and was found approximately 47 feet from where his vehicle had come to rest. Dusty fought a valiant fight through the night, but lost the battle with his injuries at 8:32 a.m. the following morning.

Dusty left behind his fiancé, his parents, friends, and many children who idolized and loved him.

Please help us to honor and remember Dusty Schwendeman for the sacrifices he made through out his life as he bravely and selflessly served his small community for so many years. . .

In memory of Dusty and in support of those who are forced to live without him, Please Wear Your Seatbelt!
It is one of the simplest things we can do as firefighters, but one of the most likely things which will save our lives. Don't do it for yourself . . .Please do it for your family. . .

Save a Life . . .Make it Your Own! . . . Buckle Up!

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Remembering Chief James M. Andrews

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Written November 16, 2008. . .



Fire Department Mourns Loss of Chief James M. Andrews





I would like to honor a respected chief and friend this afternoon. Chief Mike Andrews of Clyde Fire Department passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 16, 2008. Mike was very instrustmental in helping his department acquire top knotch…

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2008 Memorial Weekend

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Written on October 8, 2008....



I just returned from the 2008 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Every year we are reminded of what can happen and what does happen in the fire service. We are reminded of what can go wrong and what does go wrong. We are reminded of mistakes that are made which may cost someone their lives. What I ask of you is this, to take care of yourselves when you are called to duty. Don't do it for yourselves, but do it for those who love you and care… Continue

Ohio Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Posted on September 29, 2008 at 1:38am 1 Comment

http://www.whiotv.com/news/17577348/detail.html?taf=day



One of my brothers in the fire service has been very instrumental in developing a memorial for fallen Ohio Firefighters. The Miami Valley Firefighters Memorial is based out of the Dayton, Ohio area. I have never had the priviledge of attending one of their services though it has been on my list for a few years now. I am very pleased to see they are making head way with their project though and I can't wait to see the memorial… Continue

Homecoming...

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 12:16am 0 Comments

I just returned from a trip to my hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio. It was the first time I had been home since Greg's funeral. It sure was good to be back in the country and among good friends (adopted family)! I stopped by the cemetery where Greg was laid to rest and paid my respects to my brother. I was feeling pretty lost without him for a while, but one evening as I was sitting by myself thinking I realized that I needed to keep smiling, laugh as much as I can, and enjoy the rest of my life… Continue

Losin' a Brother

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

Well, we lost another one of our brothers on September 3, 2008. I'm not ready to see another name of someone I was so close to on that memorial in Emmitsburg. Greg lived a great life though and I'm always going to admire his amazing sense of humor which always kept all of us in the house laughing. I took my 240 hour firefighter with Greg and I can still remember him in full bunker gear getting pushed around the halls of this old nursing home we were doing search and rescue training in. I sure… Continue

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At 12:15pm on June 1, 2009, Matthew Dick said…
Thank you
At 10:50am on April 17, 2009, Adam Lewis said…
Hey aunt. Just wanted to see how things are going. When u hey a chance u better swing by and see me at work.
At 2:16am on March 24, 2009, Tim Miller said…
Working 911 full time now. Quit out at the college after 20 years. They screwed me over and didn't even lube. But I'm much happier here anyway. Other than that life is good and busy.
At 4:31am on March 23, 2009, Tim Miller said…
What you doing with yourself now a days????
At 3:18am on January 27, 2009, LT. Darrell Wright said…
Hell yea I remember how you been long time no hear

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