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About Me
Professional Firefighter with the Marion Fire Dept. in Marion, Indiana from 6-17-1981 to present, Christian, extremely involved in charitable endeavors in the community as I believe that the greatest calling in life is to serve others, traveled to N.Y.C. after 9-11, delivered supplies to Biloxi, Mississippi
after Hurricane Katrina, deployed with Red Cross to Beaumont, Texas after
Hurricane Rita, attended Fundraisers in Charleston, South Carolina after 9 Brothers perished in the Super Sofa warehouse fire and I have conducted
Critical Incident Stress Debriefings for area Fire Dept.'s when requested to do so.
Where Do You Live Now? (City, State only!)
Gas City, Indiana
Presently Captain but have held the rank of Engineer, Training Officer, and Deputy Chief.
E.M.T., Haz-Mat Tech, Rescue Scuba Diver, C.P.R. Instructor ( A.H.A. ),
C.I.S.M. certified, State Instructor II, III, Fire Investigator, Inspection, Tactics and many others too numerous to list.
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No.#4 Station-Marion Fire Dept. in Marion, Indiana
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Faith Based Disaster Relief
Fire Dept or Police Station WEBSITE link &
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All men have fears but the brave put down their fears and go forward, sometimes to death, but always to victory.
Motto of the King's Guard in Ancient Greece
Combat Soldiers, Cancer Survivors, Firefighters, Police Officers, E.M.S.,
Clergy, Charitable Events Volunteers, My Mother Cora Jane Swanner.
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Posted on March 28, 2011 at 4:22pm 2 Comments


Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:05 AM EDT

Blessings of being a grandparent

I feel blessed to be the grandparent (Pappy) of four beautiful grandchildren — Reaghan, Landen, Elijah and Quentin.

It has been said that grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old. Grandkids remind you of your of your own kids when they were little, making you reminisce about the wonderful times you experienced with them. A grandparent is a little bit… Continue


Posted on November 29, 2010 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

Giving gives life meaning

Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010 1:07 AM EST
I was born the first of seven children, so naturally I had to experience everything first in life, with no example to follow. Because of this, I was more comfortable around adults and was always more serious and concerned about…

Growing Up In A Small Town / Letter To The Editor

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 8:43pm 1 Comment

Growing up in a small town ( Gas City ) may seem boring to some, but I enjoyed it thoroughly, never entertaining the " grass is always greener..." thought for a moment. Clean air, no traffic jams, little serious crime, and life at a more relaxed pace than in the big cities. You could walk to school or work, and riding bikes was much more frequent then, as this was our primary mode of transportation. I remember an older gentleman who pushed a wheeled cart up and down each street in town… Continue

Letter To the Editor / Mother Made A Difference

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 7:56am 1 Comment


Published: Sunday, May 9, 2010 1:07 AM EDT
Mother made difference

There have been many times in my life when things would go wrong and I would feel like giving up. Whenever I felt that my life was not going as planned, I would become withdrawn and depressed about it. Part of this was…

" Happy St.Patrick's Day !!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:57pm 1 Comment

The Irish blood that runs through my veins prompts me to honor my ancestors each year on St.Patrick's Day. I am proud to be an Irish-American, as my paternal great grandfather ( Clifford Gallagher )and my maternal great grandfather ( James " Pop " O'Brien ), were both born on the Emerald Isle. St.Patrick's Day was introduced to the United States by Irish immigrants. The first organized celebration of St. Patrick's Day in the 13 colonies took place in…


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At 12:46pm on January 29, 2010, Capt. D Lewis gave Brian Patrick Swanner a gift
Just stopping by to say hi. Keep'er safe out there.
At 4:36pm on December 25, 2009, Fyre Walker gave Brian Patrick Swanner a gift
For being a Participant on this Website. For posting a blog and sharing your opinion with the Members here. Congratulations! :-)
At 8:50am on April 6, 2009,
Janet Liebsch
Good morning and thanks for the add! See you're involved with disaster relief - I hope to contribute some tools and data for CERTs, EMs, etc on this great site soon (if I could just find an extra hour or 2 in each day!) Stay safe out there, j
At 12:46pm on March 11, 2009, Josh Hanson said…
thanks for the add!
At 5:01pm on December 15, 2008, catherine doak said…
Have a wonderful Christmas Brian.
At 12:50am on December 11, 2008, Sean Toomey said…
Hi Brian, thanks for the add
At 3:39pm on November 26, 2008, catherine doak said…
Thank you Brian and glad to be aboard. I am currently considering writing a book about coping with homicide while moving on with your life. Since my daughters murder in 2004, I have worked with many families of homicide victims. I have found that some people can move on and some seem to be stuck on the day of their loved ones death and cannot move forward. I know because I was there for awhile after my daughters death. The good news is that as survivors of violent crime, we can move forward. I want to be able to help the people who are struggling in the healing process. I feel I can reach out to alot of people if I write a book. I also work with these families on a one on one basis in this area. They don't realize how strong they truly are and everybody's journey is different. Anyway, that is just part of what I do. Thanks for listening. Have a great Thanksgiving and God bless.
At 2:19pm on October 19, 2008, Larry W said…
thanks for the add!
At 5:29pm on October 4, 2008, John Patrick Anderson said…
I learn from you Brother "Mongo".
At 9:07pm on October 2, 2008, Steve said…
Hello Brian, I am sorry about the stuff you are going through. I would like to chat with you about a couple of things, one being with situation you are currently involed in.

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