On Sunday, March 12, 2017, our brother, David "Beau" Schoener passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at his home. Beau was only 39 years old.
Beau was an outstanding firefighter and paramedic. We had the privilege of serving alongside Beau at the Plain Township Fire Department since 2003. Throughout his career, Beau was recognized multiple times for his valor. He also selflessly served in the Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. Beau was dedicated to his family, friends, beloved Chelsea, and considered his 9 year old son, Jake, his greatest gift and best accomplishment.
In 2017, the firefighters at Plain Township FD held our inaugural golf outing fundraiser to raise money for Beau’s son, Jake. This launched a larger goal to insure not only a bright future for Beau’s son, but to build a legacy for Beau that could touch the lives of many fire families in the future. Thanks to a very gracious community, we were able to raise over $45,000 in the first year. This tremendous volume of support helped us to create the Plain Township New Albany Firefighters Foundation. This non-profit organization will allow us to continue helping Jake for many years to come, and will also serve as a vehicle to support other fire families in need. Additionally, we are establishing a scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career as a firefighter. Just as Beau gave selflessly to so many, the Plain Township New Albany Firefighters Foundation aims to follow his lead.
We love you and miss you, Beau. We think about you everyday. We are working hard to honor your memory.