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Former Air Force One maintenance chief details his battle with rare cancer

West Liberty resident to serve as Relay honorary co-chair

David Scheff of West Liberty worked behind the scenes in a prestigious military role for a number of years that has put him in contact with leaders on the national level.

David Scheff of West Liberty, left, and Jenny Postle of Bellefontaine were introduced as honorary co-chairs of the 2011 Logan County Relay for Life during Tuesday evening’s Taste of Logan County event at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY HOCHSTEDLER)

He was the former maintenance flight chief in charge of keeping the two Air Force One airplanes in tip-top condition to fly the President of the United States to locations around the world. He was assigned to maintenance, modifications and upgrades on the planes for 18 years, and retired in 2004 after spending 24 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Now, Senior Master Sergeant (Ret.) Scheff has been selected for a local role that supports a cause that is close to his heart — the American Cancer Society.

A cancer survivor himself, he is stepping into the spotlight as an honorary co-chair for this year’s Logan County Relay For Life.

Self-described as a “very quiet person” who doesn’t like much attention on himself, he said he makes an exception when the activities benefit veterans or cancer research.

“I usually don’t like to be in the limelight,” he said. “But when I was asked to do this, I was happy to join in on the cause. I think this is very important.

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