Bruce Swilley was one of the many people who acted as a first responder after Hurricane Katrina swept through Louisiana. This was one of the most damaging storms, both in terms of lives lost and financial destruction caused, to have ever made landfall. Bruce Swilley worked to transport, repair, and operate heavy construction equipment in the aftermath of the storm.
Bruce Swilley also showed at the 2000 Louisiana 4-H State Horse Show, with his horses placing in multiple categories. His two year old, Mr. Cache Conclusive, placed first in the Gelding Halter Class. His quarter horse, Carmen, placed in the top three for both the Walk/Trot and the Western Pleasure Class. In 2005, Bruce Swilley graduated from Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell, Louisiana. From 2005 until 2006, Swilley was a CCD Fourth Grade teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located in Dedeaux, Mississippi.
Bruce Swilley is a big fan of competition, and his history speaks to that. In 2007, Bruce Swilley competed in the Mud Nationals in Texas. This is an ATV competition in which he rode through massive mud holes in a larger race. He was also one of the competitors in the 2010 Mobile Big Game Fishing Club's Labor Day Invitational, hosted in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Similarly, Bruce Swilley is eager to participate in charity events where he believes the cause is important. In the case of Slidell Ladies of Liberty, he found a charity that was well worth supporting. Their mission is to ensure that every member of the armed services knows that they are cared for. Bruce Swilley volunteered to organize Costumes for a Cause, an event help in November of 2013. He also participated in the National Dance Day Dance-Off that was put on by the Slidell Ladies for Liberty in July of 2013.