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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Driver/Engineer
Age: 46
Year of Death: 2023

Robert “Bo” Schiemer

Robert “Bo” Schiemer was born December 29, 1976. He was a mirthful child, forging lifelong friendships with neighbors and schoolmates. Growing up, he helped raise pigs and was passionate about hunting, fishing, and spending time in the woods. Bo played football, showed talent in wrestling, and joined the orchestra. He enjoyed learning, excelled in math, and immersed himself in auto shop. He was involved in Boy Scouts and Search and Rescue. After graduation he attended the Universal Technical Institute, mastering the skills needed for the mechanics trade and metalwork.

He returned to his hometown and followed paternal footsteps by accepting a position where his grandfather, father, and younger brother made their living. Bo worked as a field mechanic for several years before transitioning to shop management. In 2000, he purchased property, becoming the third owner of a 1927 farmhouse minutes away from his childhood home. Just two years later, his first son, William, was born, followed by the arrival of Jacob “Jeep” in ‘06. The dual impact of his role in management and as a father spurred him to assess his personal passions. After securing a ride along on a fire engine, he began pursuing the necessary steps to become a career firefighter.

In ’10, shortly after summiting Mt. Rainier, he finally joined the Tacoma Fire Department’s recruit class. The incredible joy and purpose he found in the department offered him an unparalleled opportunity to unite his passions and realize many of his dreams. He was able to attain knowledge, impart it through camaraderie, and utilize it to support the community. His eternal optimism, genuine concern for others, easy sense of humor, and get-it-done attitude led him to reap the best from his calling. He was the humble recipient of the Al Nejmah Award (‘20), Firefighter of the Year, and the Chief’s Spirit of Excellence (‘22).

In 2012, he was able to begin earnest renovations and improvements to his homestead. His DIY spirit and ingenuity flourished as he created memories with his family. A third son, Finlay, arrived in ‘13 and a daughter, Elloise, in ‘16. He taught them to laugh, fish, crab, ride motorcycles, raise animals, hunt, camp, cook, preserve, care for others, and believe in themselves.

In August of ’21, Bo was diagnosed with stomach/esophageal cancer and bravely began treatment. In July of ’22, the diagnosis of lung/pleural cancer was terminal. He passed a month after his 46th birthday at home with his wife and children. Bo was an extraordinary father – human. He leaves a lasting impression of tenacity and a legacy of love.

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