Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services is sorry to report the passing of one of our former employees. Phil Sheffer passed away last night at his home after a battle with cancer.
Phil came to work with Cherokee EMS on April 6th, 1988 and would eventually transfer to the fire department on July 11th, 1995. He later became the Information Systems Manager in 2000 and was promoted to Deputy Director of Administrative Services the following year. He also worked with Medcon and Field Operations in 2003. Also, in 2003, Sheffer was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. His career with the fire department also included being the Special Project Officer in 2005 and being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on July 1st, 2007.
Phil retired from the fire department on September 15, 2011 after 23 years of service with Cherokee County.
Phil has been battling cancer for some time. Ironically, Georgia lawmakers passed House Bill 146 in March of this year that will require fire departments to provide insurance coverage for cancer starting in 2018. The measure was critical because with all the plastics and petroleum products in people’s homes, firefighters are more likely to have contact with carcinogens.
Phil is survived by his wife Jodi and a son, Reece. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm from the Chapel of Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge with Rev. Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. Friends may visit the family on Friday afternoon from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm.