Lily Shaffrey, daughter of Cedar Hill Fire Battalion Chief Marvin Shaffrey, EOW 11/2/21, addressed the attendees of the BackStoppers Annual Membership Dinner held in April. Lily boldly shared memories of her father, how she continues to honor his memory today and her endeavors and goals.
“On November 2, 2021, my life came to a screeching halt as my father passed away due to COVID-19. He served our community for 42 years, starting at the age of 13. Firefighter, supporter, mentor, goofball – all represented my dad, who suddenly was not going to be in my life anymore. I did not know how much my dad meant to me until his presence was absent. He won’t be there to view and break down my wrestling matches with me, and I will no longer hear his encouraging voice at my sporting events. I never thought that I would miss him ‘embarrassing me’ (by simply talking to my friends), his endless ‘helpful’ lectures on what I could improve on and telling me to help pick up sticks in the yard.