Sugar Creek Fire Department mourns 2 of its own

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Jeff Snider (with his wife, Chee, and their sons, Matthew, Austin and Jacob) died Nov. 27 after battling cancer. He retired from the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department in 2011. (Photo provided)

Sugar Creek Township firefighter/EMT Ben Rogers, who recently died in a motorcycle accident. (Photo provided)

NEW PALESTINE — Just one day after Sugar Creek Township Fire Department officials learned they lost volunteer firefighter/EMT Ben Rogers in a motorcycle accident, they received word that former colleague Jeff Snider had lost his year-long battle with cancer.

The unexpected loss of Rogers, 22, on Nov. 26 was tough enough for the department, but the death of Snider, 43, who worked for the department for nine years as a firefighter/paramedic, has left the department reeling.

While township officials knew Snider’s cancer was terminal, Chief Gerald Morganthall said his loss was no less devastating for those who knew him.

Sugar Creek Township Trustee Bob Boyer agreed that Snider’s passing has been tough on the small department.

“Particularly with the fact he has a young family,” he said.

Snider had a wife and three young boys.

Boyer and many local firefighters have spent the past four days attending visitation and funerals for both men, who were liked and respected by those who had a chance to work with them.

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