This is not the first time the family has overcome seemingly overwhelming odds. In 2013 the family lost their house and belongings and were forced to start over. For the next 14 months, they lived in a travel trailer on the property while rebuilding their home. The project threw the family numerous hurdles; however, in the end, they became an even stronger family unit.
The military instilled the core values of a warrior in Jeff and they are not lost in civilian life. He is a dedicated family man, married to the love of his life, Crystal, for the past 24 years. Together they have raised three remarkable sons: Josh, past Cal Fire Firefighter, and current Detention Deputy for Nez Perce County; Joseph current Cal Fire Firefighter at Station 32 in the Shasta Trinity Unit, and Jake who is enrolled in the Shasta Union Fire Academy and training to become a Shasta County Volunteer at Station 20 in Shingletown, California. All three are following in Jeff’s values of hard work and dedication to family. Jeff’s house is known as a “safe house” for the boys’ family and friends where somebody in need can come and find comfort and security, and a truly kind soul.
The Smith family would like to thank you in advance for supporting us in our time of need. A full recovery will take many months of surgeries, painful burn wound care, and finally rehabilitation. We are confident that with your support, combined with our strong family bond, we will be able to get Jeff through this difficult time.
- Wyatt Cook
- Phaedra Mitchell
- Ginny/Don Mitchell
- Matt & Jenny Taylor
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