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Faith getting wife through disappearance of her firefighter husband


dumped in southeast Georgia.
He was arrested after a traffic
accident and police found his He was arrested after a traffic
accident and police found his
wife’s body. A local woman’s ordeal has A local woman’s ordeal has
captivated the community as A local woman’s ordeal has
captivated the community as
we’ve all witnessed her grace captivated the community as
we’ve all witnessed her grace
and composure. we’ve all witnessed her grace
and composure.
>>Stephanie mccluney’s and composure.
>>Stephanie mccluney’s
husband, Jacksonville firemen>>Stephanie mccluney’s
husband, Jacksonville firemen
and his college friend have husband, Jacksonville firemen
and his college friend have
been lost at sea since mid and his college friend have
been lost at sea since mid
August. been lost at sea since mid
August.
>>Well she does not have August.
>>Well she does not have
answers and she realizes many>>Well she does not have
answers and she realizes many
would probably turn away from answers and she realizes many
would probably turn away from
their faith in a higher power. would probably turn away from
their faith in a higher power.
She is choosing to their faith in a higher power.
She is choosing to
embrace hers. Newsfourjax She is choosing to
embrace hers. Newsfourjax
reporter Ashley Spicer sat down embrace hers. Newsfourjax
reporter Ashley Spicer sat down
with this remarkable young reporter Ashley Spicer sat down
with this remarkable young
mother at her home. She is with this remarkable young
mother at her home. She is
sharing how her strength from mother at her home. She is
sharing how her strength from
Jesus is helping her through sharing how her strength from
Jesus is helping her through
her Jesus is helping her through
her
hardest moments and her 2 her
hardest moments and her 2
reasons to keep her husband’s hardest moments and her 2
reasons to keep her husband’s
legacy alive.>>When you go through deep>>When you go through deep
waters I will be with you I say>>When you go through deep
waters I will be with you I say
a waters I will be with you I say
a
43 to a Bible verse a
43 to a Bible verse
7 mccluney holds on to since 43 to a Bible verse
7 mccluney holds on to since
her husband Brian mccluney took 7 mccluney holds on to since
her husband Brian mccluney took
his boat out with Justin Walker her husband Brian mccluney took
his boat out with Justin Walker
off Cape Canaveral August 16th, his boat out with Justin Walker
off Cape Canaveral August 16th,
and never came back off Cape Canaveral August 16th,
and never came back
with no answers about what went and never came back
with no answers about what went
wrong and what was supposed to with no answers about what went
wrong and what was supposed to
be a day trip on wrong and what was supposed to
be a day trip on
the water. Stephanie says her be a day trip on
the water. Stephanie says her
source of comfort is gone and the water. Stephanie says her
source of comfort is gone and
her and Brian’s 2 children. source of comfort is gone and
her and Brian’s 2 children.
>>I honestly don’t know that I her and Brian’s 2 children.
>>I honestly don’t know that I
would be able to process and>>I honestly don’t know that I
would be able to process and
handle any either way I don’t would be able to process and
handle any either way I don’t
know how to he don’t no the handle any either way I don’t
know how to he don’t no the
alternative. know how to he don’t no the
alternative.
>>It just would be too alternative.
>>It just would be too
depressing and 2.>>It just would be too
depressing and 2.
Gloomy without it I depressing and 2.
Gloomy without it I
there’s got to be hope and Gloomy without it I
there’s got to be hope and
there’s got to be faith and there’s got to be hope and
there’s got to be faith and
trust. there’s got to be faith and
trust.
>>Having to decide how to trust.
>>Having to decide how to
explain to 6 year-old Connor an>>Having to decide how to
explain to 6 year-old Connor an
8 year-old brand that their explain to 6 year-old Connor an
8 year-old brand that their
father was missing. 8 year-old brand that their
father was missing.
Stephanie says she chose father was missing.
Stephanie says she chose
honesty. But we chose fairly Stephanie says she chose
honesty. But we chose fairly
early to tell the kids like to honesty. But we chose fairly
early to tell the kids like to
say that the Coast Guard. early to tell the kids like to
say that the Coast Guard.
>>We have that the briefing say that the Coast Guard.
>>We have that the briefing
with the Coast Guard. We chose>>We have that the briefing
with the Coast Guard. We chose
to come home from that with the Coast Guard. We chose
to come home from that
and tell the kids that now has to come home from that
and tell the kids that now has
probably the hardest thing I’ve and tell the kids that now has
probably the hardest thing I’ve
ever had to a student probably the hardest thing I’ve
ever had to a student
sit down. Tell your kids that ever had to a student
sit down. Tell your kids that
Stephanie and Brian have known sit down. Tell your kids that
Stephanie and Brian have known
each other since their Stephanie and Brian have known
each other since their
sophomore year of high school each other since their
sophomore year of high school
and started dating their sophomore year of high school
and started dating their
senior year. and started dating their
senior year.
>>Brian fell in love with senior year.
>>Brian fell in love with
Stephanie quickly.>>Brian fell in love with
Stephanie quickly.
>>And when did you know that Stephanie quickly.
>>And when did you know that
he was the one. It took me>>And when did you know that
he was the one. It took me
longer than a bit him. He said he was the one. It took me
longer than a bit him. He said
he knew from.>>I were quite that wasn’t>>I were quite that wasn’t
quite there yet.>>I were quite that wasn’t
quite there yet.
>>So for me I mean through quite there yet.
>>So for me I mean through
college and I just would see.>>So for me I mean through
college and I just would see.
>>You know the man he was in. college and I just would see.
>>You know the man he was in.
He had joined the military and.>>down college things coming>>down college things coming
in and out Mindanao make I need>>down college things coming
in and out Mindanao make I need
to said. in and out Mindanao make I need
to said.
I don’t know what I’m doing no to said.
I don’t know what I’m doing no
one else compares to I don’t know what I’m doing no
one else compares to
Brian and. one else compares to
Brian and.
>>This is my a benchmark for Brian and.
>>This is my a benchmark for
everything so I can’t be>>This is my a benchmark for
everything so I can’t be
without him. everything so I can’t be
without him.
>>Stefani admits that she has without him.
>>Stefani admits that she has
thought about losing her high>>Stefani admits that she has
thought about losing her high
school sweetheart before thought about losing her high
school sweetheart before
Brian served 5 years with the school sweetheart before
Brian served 5 years with the
Navy deployed twice, Brian served 5 years with the
Navy deployed twice,
even brought home a purple Navy deployed twice,
even brought home a purple
heart after his first even brought home a purple
heart after his first
deployment, then in 2013 her heart after his first
deployment, then in 2013 her
husband chose another career deployment, then in 2013 her
husband chose another career
that would put his life on the husband chose another career
that would put his life on the
line. He became that would put his life on the
line. He became
a firefighter. But Stephanie line. He became
a firefighter. But Stephanie
says being lost at sea was not a firefighter. But Stephanie
says being lost at sea was not
something she could have says being lost at sea was not
something she could have
prepared for there’s some days something she could have
prepared for there’s some days
where feel like. He’s still on prepared for there’s some days
where feel like. He’s still on
shift is going to come home. where feel like. He’s still on
shift is going to come home.
>>Like its that feeling man shift is going to come home.
>>Like its that feeling man
you kind of>>Like its that feeling man
you kind of
you know. you kind of
you know.
>>Saturday morning cartoons. you know.
>>Saturday morning cartoons.
Okay that is not home coming>>Saturday morning cartoons.
Okay that is not home coming
home work can get up and get Okay that is not home coming
home work can get up and get
our day started. home work can get up and get
our day started.
>>For you to be doing this on our day started.
>>For you to be doing this on
your own now>>For you to be doing this on
your own now
parenting and living your life your own now
parenting and living your life
with somebody that you have parenting and living your life
with somebody that you have
been with since high school. with somebody that you have
been with since high school.
What is that like that I been with since high school.
What is that like that I
would think. What is that like that I
would think.
>>There’s some days where it would think.
>>There’s some days where it
doesn’t>>There’s some days where it
doesn’t
feel feel it just kind of feels coasting there. He said it’s coasting there. He said it’s
been 3 deployments uh I mean coasting there. He said it’s
been 3 deployments uh I mean
it’s a long deployment, but been 3 deployments uh I mean
it’s a long deployment, but
then there’s these days or it it’s a long deployment, but
then there’s these days or it
can just hits you in the gut then there’s these days or it
can just hits you in the gut
and you go wow. This is maybe can just hits you in the gut
and you go wow. This is maybe
my new. I reality and you go wow. This is maybe
my new. I reality
and it’s hard because I’ve my new. I reality
and it’s hard because I’ve
known him more than. and it’s hard because I’ve
known him more than.
>>I haven’t known him. known him more than.
>>I haven’t known him.
>>But now the 37 year-old is>>I haven’t known him.
>>But now the 37 year-old is
living without him in raising>>But now the 37 year-old is
living without him in raising
their 2 kids while together living without him in raising
their 2 kids while together
adapting to a new way their 2 kids while together
adapting to a new way
of life. adapting to a new way
of life.
>>And my message one just of life.
>>And my message one just
really be don’t take it for>>And my message one just
really be don’t take it for
granted, really be don’t take it for
granted,
it seems so cliche thing to say granted,
it seems so cliche thing to say
but really were never. it seems so cliche thing to say
but really were never.
>>Promised tomorrow.>>Really hard to watch>>Really hard to watch
to see him with his dad.>>Really hard to watch
to see him with his dad.
It doesn’t get easier to see him with his dad.
It doesn’t get easier
and Stephanie such an It doesn’t get easier
and Stephanie such an
inspiration the community has and Stephanie such an
inspiration the community has
just been so captivated by her inspiration the community has
just been so captivated by her
and her faith and added to our just been so captivated by her
and her faith and added to our
remarkable that we are saying and her faith and added to our
remarkable that we are saying
that I mean when when they when remarkable that we are saying
that I mean when when they when
this first happened and we kept that I mean when when they when
this first happened and we kept
seeing these wives are like. this first happened and we kept
seeing these wives are like.
The 42 to seeing these wives are like.
The 42 to
come out into every which will The 42 to
come out into every which will
come out and said oh and we come out into every which will
come out and said oh and we
just marveled at it and now a 2 come out and said oh and we
just marveled at it and now a 2
year. just marveled at it and now a 2
year.
>>You know we’ve also been year.
>>You know we’ve also been
doing now. You know they’re>>You know we’ve also been
doing now. You know they’re
coping differently. She said doing now. You know they’re
coping differently. She said
that her son says his prayers coping differently. She said
that her son says his prayers
and asks you know for God to that her son says his prayers
and asks you know for God to
give them a hug and a kiss and and asks you know for God to
give them a hug and a kiss and
that they you know miss him give them a hug and a kiss and
that they you know miss him
here on Earth. that they you know miss him
here on Earth.
>>Daughter has a little bit here on Earth.
>>Daughter has a little bit
different. She has the days of>>Daughter has a little bit
different. She has the days of
hope well maybe Daddy is going different. She has the days of
hope well maybe Daddy is going
to come home next week. And she hope well maybe Daddy is going
to come home next week. And she
said it so. That’s also to come home next week. And she
said it so. That’s also
really hard you know because said it so. That’s also
really hard you know because
you don’t want to give a false really hard you know because
you don’t want to give a false
hope. To your children you don’t want to give a false
hope. To your children
at all and she I think is doing hope. To your children
at all and she I think is doing
the best she can in the at all and she I think is doing
the best she can in the
situation and she is I mean the best she can in the
situation and she is I mean
so strong I think she also situation and she is I mean
so strong I think she also
feels like I have no choice for so strong I think she also
feels like I have no choice for
my children you have to be feels like I have no choice for
my children you have to be
strong it’s going to be a my children you have to be
strong it’s going to be a
journey and it sounds like strong it’s going to be a
journey and it sounds like
she’s taking it every step just journey and it sounds like
she’s taking it every step just
one step at a time it was she’s taking it every step just
one step at a time it was
beautiful she’s and one step at a time it was
beautiful she’s and
frightening. He had more for us beautiful she’s and
frightening. He had more for us
tonight at 10. We have more frightening. He had more for us
tonight at 10. We have more
tonight at 10 you know, tonight at 10. We have more
tonight at 10 you know,
Stephanie has some hopes for tonight at 10 you know,
Stephanie has some hopes for
other boaters to learn from Stephanie has some hopes for
other boaters to learn from
what happened to Brian other boaters to learn from
what happened to Brian
and their She’s hoping that what happened to Brian
and their She’s hoping that
allows for her first responder and their She’s hoping that
allows for her first responder
husband to continue to help

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