Fallen Farmington firefighter remembered | KOB 4

Fallen Farmington firefighter remembered

Meg Hilling
January 17, 2018 06:10 AM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- "I don't know if you can describe him in one word," Travis Robinson with the Farmington Fire Department said.


But any effort to do so would result in a positive word when it comes to Lt. Shadd Rohwer.

"His attitude and personality were encouraging. You couldn't be in a bad mood around Shadd," Robinson said.

After 19 years with the Farmington Fire Department and a three-year-long battle with cancer, Rohwer passed away last week. He was 44.

"I've never met anybody more genuine than him," Capt. Jacob Crane said.

Rohwer -- a firefighter, son, friend, uncle and fisherman -- developed cancer in 2015 as a result of the hazards he was exposed to in the line of duty.

"It's ironic in a way, but I mean Shadd was always about safety. He was always about wearing his personal protective equipment and I know he wants the story out there," Crane said. "And he wants to remind people, that you know, firefighters professional and volunteer alike that when you go on a medical call wear your proper PPE."

Rohwer was one of the first firefighters in the state to receive financial help from a firefighter occupational disease act introduced just a few years ago. But while his passing brings heavy hearts, he leaves behind a legacy of love, bravery and message of safety for the future.

Funeral arrangements have been made for  Rohwer. His memorial will be held on Sunday January 21 at 2 p.m. at the Henderson Fine Arts Theatre at San Juan College.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family can be sent to PO Box 6221, Farmington, NM 87499-6221.


Meg Hilling

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