Chief Carr 2013

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Passing of Former Fire Chief Tom Carr
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  NEWS ADVISORY Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Richard Bowers, Fire Chief  Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 Assistant Chief Scott Graham, Public Information Officer  Phone: 240.876.1260 Media line: 240.777.2442 @MCFirePIOIMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2013   Department Mourns the Passing of Former Fire Chief  Montgomery County, MD - - - Former Fire Chief Thomas Carr, praised for his tireless serviceand outstanding leadership, passed away on April 24 th in Charleston, South Carolina followingcomplications from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare neurological disorder that causessymptoms similar to Parkinson ’s disease.  Carr was named the Chief of the Charleston Fire Department in November 2008 after retiring asFire Chief of the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. He was instrumental in helping theCharleston Fire Department recover from the loss of nine firefighters following the Sofa Super Store fire in 2007 and set into motion critical transformations to mold the Charleston FireDepartment into a modern service. In April of 2010, Chief Carr announced to the public his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease and  pledged his continued commitment to lead the CharlestonFire Department for as long as he could. In March 2012, he retired to focus on his battle with themore deadly MSA. Chief Carr was named FIRE CHIEF’s 2010 Career Chief of the Year for his outstanding leadership and desire to improve th e fire service. He was referred to as the “firefighter’sfirefighter” and someone who earned his following through innovation and respect.   “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chief Tom Carr. He leaves behind an extraordinarylegacy and will probably be best remembered as a world class leader responsible for helpinggenerations of firefighters and as the architect of the Nation ’s Urban Search & Rescue Response System and the County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team” , said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “He compiled an unparalleled record of public service and achievements and his loss is deeplyfelt.”   “The fire service has lost a great leader and we’ve lost a great friend,” said Fire Chief RichardBowers. “Chief Carr was respected nationally and inte rnationally. Under his leadership, thedepartment added 4-person staffing, collective bargaining for volunteers and raised education and training standards. He led the department’s successful efforts to become a nationally accredited fire department and was a man of great vision, passion and integrity who led from the heart. His impact will be felt for many years to come.”    Carr began his career in 1973 as an 18-year-old volunteer paramedic with the Bethesda-ChevyChase Rescue Squad in Montgomery County (MD). He was hired as a career firefighter/paramedic in Montgomery County (MD) in 1977 and progressed through the ranks.He became the first operational fire chief of the Montgomery County Fire Rescue service in2004. He was a long-standing advocate of the fire service, especially firefighter safety, and leavesa strong legacy of innovation and professionalism that will be felt for years to come.Chief Carr is survived by his wife Anne, son West, daughter Amy, his parents, a brother andsister.Services in Charleston, are being planned.# # #
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