Jeff was born April 4, 1971, in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from Stratford High School in 1989 and immediately joined the fire service. This was the beginning of a loyal and passionate commitment to putting others first. Jeff loved helping people, and it showed in his day-to-day life.
He and his wife, Brenna, enjoyed life in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, along with children Dalton, Sarah, Gabrielle, and Layne. When he was not at the station you could find Jeff fishing with his family or working on cars. He was very involved and known as “Dad” to the young dancers of his wife’s business, building props, moving things, and even sewing a ballet shoe here and there. He loved “finding a deal” to work and trade cars. He could do anything, and he was known as “the go to guy” for everyone.
Jeff looked intimidating at 6′ 7″, but once you got to know him it was easy to see how kind he was. He was an inspiration to young firefighters and a great mentor. It was not uncommon to find a group of firefighters at the house seeking advice. He felt the future of the fire service was found in those “kids” and would say, “Us old guys have to guide and teach them the way.” He inspired everyone around him, young and old.
Jeff loved the fire service and served in many capacities, but his passion was in arson investigation. He served as deputy fire chief for Pimlico Fire Department, assistant chief of fire prevention and fire inspection for Whitesville Rural Volunteer Fire Department, and second vice president of International Association of Arson Investigators. He was a member of the Berkeley County Chiefs’ Association and the National Fire Protection Association. His life was a service about giving to others.
Jeff retired from Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and Isle of Palms Fire Department. He received numerous awards and honors in his career. These awards range from Firefighter of the Year to lifesaving medals. He was extremely proud and honored with each one and had a story for every award.
Jeff was a funny, caring, loving man. He laughed at his own jokes, and his laughter was contagious. People described him as everyone’s best friend, and you could depend on him to get it done. He was the rock of his family and is loved and greatly missed.