David T. Sherfick
- Brown Township Fire-Rescue
- Age: 40
- Year of Death: 2008
Submitted by his Son
David Thomas Sherfick
Brown Township Fire-Rescue – Indiana
Date of Death: February 4‚ 2008
Captain David T. Sherfick‚ born July 21‚ 1967‚ to Karla and John Sherfick‚ was raised in the small town of New Palestine‚ Indiana. David really enjoyed playing soccer as a child and this allowed him to earn a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis as a young man. While attending college‚ David made the decision to pursue a career in the fire service. In May of 1990‚ David was hired full-time to the Brown Township Fire and Rescue located in Mooresville‚ Indiana.
David’s personal life blossomed with the birth of his son Joel. He was the center of David’s life. As ‘outsiders’ watched David and Joel interact‚ they could truly see the type of person David really was. They were more than just father and son; they were the perfect example of best friends. David enjoyed coaching his son in soccer‚ as well as watching him play. Together‚ they both also enjoyed the game of golf. Joel was ten years old at the time of his father’s death.
David T. Sherfick was an 18 year veteran of Brown Township Fire and Rescue. During his 18 years of service‚ he received the rank of Master Firefighter‚ Advanced EMT‚ Training Officer‚ Rescue Diver‚ and Captain. In 1994 the department voted David ‘Firefighter of the Year‚’ a well-deserved honor.
On February 4‚ 2008‚ David made his ‘Last Call.’ David was driving the ambulance back to the station after transporting a patient to the hospital. The ambulance was hit head on by an on coming vehicle that had crossed over into their lane. David’s efforts to try and avoid the oncoming vehicle helped save the life of the other firefighter riding with him. Because of his quick actions‚ David was awarded the ‘Medal of Valor’ from the State of Indiana.
Captain David T. Sherfick was a great firefighter and a great friend‚ but most of all was a great father to his son.
He is survived by his son Joel‚ parents John and Karla‚ and sister Julie.
Submitted by his Sister
David was born on July 21‚ 1967 in Indianapolis‚ Indiana. He was raised in New Palestine‚ Indiana. He graduated from New Palestine High School in 1985 and received a soccer scholarship from Indiana Central University.
David loved playing soccer. He began playing soccer at age 6. He played in elementary school‚ middle school‚ high school and college. Later he coached soccer at Mooresville High School and around the community of Mooresville. He also played at Indy Indoor Soccer Club. The best coaching job he had was coaching his son’s soccer team for several seasons for Mooresville Optimist Club.
David wanted to be a firefighter form the time he was five years old. He had a peddle car that he painted to look like a fire truck. He went to college to become a teacher and coach. But later followed his true calling of becoming a firefighter.
He began his firefighter career as a volunteer with Warren Township Fire Department. He was hired as a full time firefighter with Brown Township Fire Department on May 1‚ 1990. He also worked part-time as a Deputy Fire Marshal for White Rive Township Fire Department in Greenwood‚ Indiana for several years. David was an 18 year veteran of Brown Township Fire and Rescue. During his 18 years of service he received the rank of Master Firefighter‚ Advanced EMT‚ Training Officer‚ Rescue Diver and Captain. In 1994 the department voted David ‘Firefighter of the Year.’
David’s true passion was his son Joel‚ age 11. He loved being a father. David instilled a love of soccer in his son Joel. The shared many interests including golf‚ reading and Star Wars.
On February 4‚ 2008 David made his ‘Last Call.’ While in route back to the station after transporting a patient to the hospital. The ambulance‚ which David was driving‚ had been hit head on by an on coming vehicle that had crossed over into their lane. David’s efforts to try and avoid the oncoming vehicle helped save the life of the other firefighter riding with him. Because of his quick actions‚ David was awarded the ‘Medal of Valor’ from the State of Indiana. Captain David T. Sherfick was a great firefighter and a great friend but most of all was a great father to his son.
When you have to say goodbye to someone so quickly that you shared your life with; someone so close to your heart there is no way to put into words the love you had for them. Please know that deep loss can not take away our deep love. Thinking of you now and the years ahead.
Always and forever‚ the family of Captain David Thomas Sherfick
I was remembering all the times we were kicking the ball around in the back yard on conduitt, the time I was watering moms plants and it just so happened to be a bees nest…i got stung over 60 times and Matthew called you to come to the rescue. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be alive today, miss you more than I will ever be able to explain. Thank you for everything!– Eric