Roger was born on November 16‚ 1959 in Kansas City‚ Mo. He graduated in 1978. He married his high school sweetheart Cindy (Johns) Vorwark on December 22‚ 1978. They had two children: Jeff‚ 31; Brandi‚ 28; and four grandchildren: Hunter‚ 13; Sienna‚ 8; Lance‚ 8; and Mason‚ 5. He was very proud of his children and loved playing with his grandchildren. Besides always having a full time job‚ the family had a mowing business for 8 years. He began volunteering as a fireman in his home town of Mayview‚ MO in 1982 and soon caught the ‘firefighter bug.’ Just like a race car driver does to racing. It gets in their blood. Through all of those years‚ he helped save lives‚ homes‚ and land. As with any fire service family‚ it took a lot of time away from his family. The kids and Cindy spent time at the fire station to see him and help out when needed. He always said‚ ‘You would want someone to show up if your life or house were in danger!’ After the kids grew up and got married‚ Roger and his wife moved to Odessa‚ MO where he joined the fire department in 2004. Funny after all those years of being a fireman with all the training and classes he had taken‚ he had to be on probation for a six month period due to their by-laws. He didn’t mind‚ he had worked many mutual aid calls with Odessa through the years and knew the firemen and emergency responders. He wanted to continue his passion of being a firefighter and helping people. In May 2008‚ he became a full time firefighter and just before his death was promoted to a Lieutenant position. Both were goals he wanted to accomplish. His other passion was riding his Harley. Every chance he and his wife got‚ they would take off with their friends for a day or two. You just never knew where you may wind up‚ but it was always fun! He also loved going to tractor pulls and watching the ‘Big Boys’ pull. It’s something he did himself when he was younger. He enjoyed life‚ and he never showed if he was down or hurting. His life was cut too short‚ but he died doing what he loved and not everyone can say that. He was a hero and a great firefighter!!!