Jeff Edwards Memorial
Jeff Edwards was honored on June 1st, 2011 with a memorial service at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Fire Departments through out the region honored Jeff with a large procession to the church. Jeff passed away on May 25th, 2011 surrounded by family and friends after a 2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born November 21st, 1962, in Warwick, Rhode Island, to his mother, Carol Shepard, and father, Gerald Edwards. He was the middle child of three boys. Jeff also has one younger sister from his father’s second marriage. He met his wife Debbie in June of 1988 and they married on September 9th, 1990. They were blessed with their daughter in 1993 and their son in 1995. Jeff and Debbie were happily married for 20 years and 8 months. Jeff served his country in the U.S. Army from 1981 until 1996. First, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, then the remainder of his Army career in South and Central America. He also served in the Air Force Reserves for a brief time at Peterson Air Force Base and the remainder of his Air Force Career with the Wyoming Air National Guard. During his service with the Air National Guard, Jeff deployed 5 times to the Middle East in service to his country. He served his country for a total of 29 years. Jeff was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer after his return from Iraq in June of 2009. He was medically retired from the Air National Guard as a Master Sergeant on October 25th, 2010. In his civilian life, Jeff began his firefighter career as a volunteer with Donald Wescott Fire Protection District in 1995. He was hired to a full-time position in 1997. He gradually progressed in the ranks with Wescott until he became Chief of the department in 2005. Jeff retired from Wescott on December 31st, 2010. Please make donations to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to further pancreatic cancer research. Additional information was provided by New Life Church.