Firefighter’s Fiancé Helps Home Décor Manufacturer to Design Firefighter Tribute

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When a firefighter�s fiancé called MasterVisions Etched Glass Home Décor looking for an etched glass coffee table with a firefighter theme, she found they didn�t have one. But the passion she and her fiancé displayed led the owner to work with them to design one.

MasterVisions Etched Glass Home Décor and Furniture released a new firefighter design that came to their collection from a customer who had no idea that her search for a firefighter-themed coffee table would lead to her helping to design one.

The new design, "Axe 343", began when Teena Snider asked whether MasterVisions had coffee tables with a firefighter design for her fiancé, Jeff Schwering, a Fenton, Missouri, firefighter. With none available, Snider and Schwering discussed with MasterVisions owner Mark Scott creating a custom etching for their coffee table.

Schwering, after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, visited Ground Zero and met firefighters from around the world. At the 9/11 Memorial Service in Madison Square Garden, Schwering was chosen to be a flag bearer.

When he returned home, he tried to find something to serve as a tribute to those who gave their lives. Years later, as he and Snider helped develop the design for their table, it grew from a purely personal design into the tribute for which he had searched.

The design started with Schwering’s helmet over two crossed axes. They eventually replaced the axes with two memorial axes of the type given to the families of firefighters who have died answering the call of duty. They also replaced the fire station emblem on Schwering’s helmet with “American Heros” and the number 343: the number of firefighters who lost their lives in the World Trade Center.

Scott licensed the final design for others to enjoy as well. “It’s a beautiful piece,” he notes, “and a tribute to some of America’s greatest heroes.”

Schwering and Snider, who will marry this summer, are thrilled that other firefighters will enjoy their design. “When you’re a firefighter, that’s your life and there’s nothing else you’d rather do,” Schwering says. Snider adds, “If you look at our apartment, you’d have no trouble telling what Jeff does and it’s that way for all the firefighters we know. I’m sure this design will mean as much to them as it does to us.”

MasterVisions is the largest producer of etched glass home décor and furniture in the world, with over 100 designs etched in solid hardwood-framed mirrors, glass-top coffee tables, end tables, and coat racks. With the addition of “Axe 343”, MasterVisions honors the dedication of all firefighters and remembers those who have given their lives serving the needs of others.

“Axe 343” appears on the MasterVisions website,, and is available in mirrors, tables and coat racks.


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