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EFD Comes Together to Help Fellow Firefighter

Ex-Chief diagnosed with brain tumor

In typical firefighter fashion, members of the Elmont Fire Department (EFD) have been doing everything they can to help and support a fellow firefighter who is battling cancer. A dedicated member who has given so much to his community, 37-year-old Ex-Chief of EFD Richard Schriefer III of Belmont Hook & Ladder Co. #1, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, following a seizure last summer.

On Oct. 29, members of Belmont Hook & Ladder Co. #1 held a fundraiser to raise money to assist Rich with his medical expenses. Despite terrible weather conditions that day and night, the turnout was amazing.

Approximately 500 firefighters, friends and family showed their support during the course of the day, making a contribution, participating in raffles, and donating items for prizes. Thanks to their generosity and support, more than $50,000 was raised at the event.

“My family and I greatly appreciate my company and the fire department’s support in my time of need,” said Ex-Chief Richard Schriefer III. “They did an incredible job at the fundraiser. They are a second family to me.”

Ex-Chief Schriefer’s youngest brother Third Assistant Chief Brian Schriefer, Hook and Ladder Co. #2, said, “It goes to show the brotherhood that exists in the department and how people step up. Even though it was a company fundraiser, the whole department helped out and it made a big difference. It’s moments like these that you feel proud of what you do.”

Brian and Rich come from a family of firefighters. Their other brother Robert is Captain of Belmont Hook & Ladder Co. #1.

Their father has been with the Elmont Fire Department for more than 20 years, and their grandfather, an ex-chief of Co. #1, and great grandfather were also with the Department.

“My brother is a great father and a good fireman; he’s a good guy,” said Brian. “He always puts his best foot forward. Rich is a big part of the department. He needs to get better soon, so he can get back on the fire truck and go back to doing the thing he loves to do – protecting and helping his neighbors.”

Rich’s tumor was removed and he’s been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, along with his mother who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year.