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Fallen Brothers» Dustin Schwendeman

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Schwendeman family and the Dunham Township, Ohio Volunteer Fire Department. FireFighter Dustin Schwendeman, 26, an eight year veteran of the Dunham Township Volunteer Fire Department, died Monday, January 21, 2002. Dustin was responding to a mutual aid structure fire in his personal vehicle when he hit a patch of ice. Dustin was ejected through the sunroof of his vehicle after it rolled several times. He was transported to a local hospital with severe head injuries. He was then airlifted to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he later died.

     Dustin was the president of the 20 member department as well as an insurance agent with Schwendeman Insurance Agency, a family business. He also owned and operated Schwendeman Training Center, giving lessons to youth and amateurs and training horses for about six years. He started showing horses at an early age and was a national champion.

     Calling hours are at Barlow Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6-8PM, Thursday from 2-4PM, and Friday from 6-8PM. A funeral liturgy with mass at 10:30AM will be held Saturday, January 26 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Porterfield. Burial is in East Lawn Memorial Park. The procession will be led by Dunham Township VFDs frontline engine.

     Dustin is survived by his mother, Stella and father, Michael. Memorial contributions may be made to:

Dunham Township Volunteer
Fire Department

Route 2, Box 223
Belpre, Ohio 45714
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