12/19/13 429 W, 1 I - + 8 - 1 UPDATED: Last Call For Jon F. Schondelmayer

Swift Creek Firefighter and Cary Fire Department Captain Jon F Schondelmayer, 44, died suddenly yesterday, while working with Swift Creek. The United States Fire Administration today issued a firefighter fatality report, with this narrative:

On the morning of December 18, 2013, Firefighter Schondelmayer was working with Swift Creek Fire Department as a firefighter when he begin to feel ill. He communicated to his crew at approximately 1130 hours that he was going to go home to get some medicine and return to the station.

His crew became concerned when he left and called him on his cell phone to check to see how he was doing. At the same time, a Swift Creek firefighter was sent to his residence. While on the telephone, Schondelmayer communicated that he did not feel well and needed assistance.

When the other Swift Creek firefighter arrived at the residence, he found Firefighter Schondelmayer unresponsive. Schondelmayer's fellow responder began rendering medical aid and contacted his company at Swift Creek for assistance. Emergency responders worked for 50 minutes to try to revive Firefighter Schondelmayer, but he passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined and reported.

Firefighter Schondelmayer was also a Fire Captain with the Cary Fire Department, North Carolina, and had just come off of a busy shift with Cary that included several emergency response runs before beginning duty that day with the Swift Creek Rural Fire Department. Incident Location: 2739 Campbell Road, Raleigh, NC, 27606.

Cary Fire Department photo
The following message was transmitted yesterday afternoon by the Raleigh & Wake County Emergency Communications Center, on the Raleigh Fire Department and Wake County fire department dispatch channels:

Raleigh Central to all units and all stations, stand by for an administrative message.

Raleigh Central to all units and all stations, Raleigh Central is announcing the Last Call for Captain Jon Schondelmayer, Captain with the Cary Fire Departmen, Ladder 1, and Firefighter with the Swift Creek Fire Department.

Once again, all units and all stations, Raleigh Central is announcing the Last Call for Captain Jon Schondelmayer, Captain with the Cary Fire Department, Ladder 1, and Firefighter with the Swift Creek Fire Department.

Raleigh Central is clear at 1617 hours.

Listen to the audio recording.


Funeral arrangements have been announced:

Family visitation and viewing on Sunday, December 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511.

Funeral service on Monday, December 23, at 2:00 p.m., at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road Cary, NC, 27511.


See related blog post #1 and blog post #2.


Love you Brother, condolences to the family.
Joe - 12/20/13 - 08:41

Jon it was a honor and pleasure. God Speed.
Ladder 1 - 12/20/13 - 16:30

Their will never be another Jon Francis Schondelmayer, he was always one who could make you laugh even on your worst days. Lit up the room when he walked in and when he came in to wake us up at 0700 he always had a favorite boot camp saying! We worked at Station 5 for my 2.5 yrs as a MFF and loved everytime I rode Truck 7 with him or when he rode in charge of us on Engine 5. Jon Francis we’ll miss you God Speed Brother! Love ya and miss ya til we meet again!
car3550 - 12/20/13 - 21:53

Jon, I will miss being able to tell that you’re in the room before I even get there. We will be here for your family forever. RIP Brother
Jacot - 12/21/13 - 16:04

Rest in Peace Captain. You were a blast to work with. Thanks for the opportunity and the time, we will never forget you. God Speed
Loren - 12/21/13 - 16:15

God speed Schondel!!! You will be missed but never forgotten!
Lil Bob - 12/24/13 - 11:53

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