"Line of Duty Death" Claims Volunteer Firefighter

"Line of Duty Death" Claims Volunteer Firefighter

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The Brasher-Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department says one of their own passed away Saturday in what they are calling a "line of duty death."

A release from the department said 62 year-old David Carr died after he responded "in a support capacity" to the fire at Curran Renewable Energy Friday night. Carr had been involved in fire-ground operation during the fire and didn't get back to the fire station until early morning Saturday. The department said when he returned to this home, Carr collapsed later in the morning.

"He was a great member of the Tri-Town Community, often volunteering his time and efforts in countless ways," the release said.

Firefighters worked overnight Friday into Saturday to contain the fire at Curran Renewable Energy's warehouse in Massena, which contained fifty-eight hundred ton of wood pellets. Multiple departments were called in, including Brasher-Winthrop. No injuries were originally reported from the fire before the announcement of Carr's passing.

Carr became a volunteer firefighter in 1979, joining what was then the Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department. The department merged with Brasher and Carr became a member of the Brasher-Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department in 1998. Carr was also a member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Rescue Squad.

The department first announced Carr's death on its Facebook page Saturday night.

"Words cannot express our feelings during this most difficult time. David was a selfless volunteer and will be greatly missed," the post said.

The post also thanked the north country volunteer community for support. Since the announcement, multiple departments have posted remembrances to Carr on their Facebook pages.

The cause of Carr's death is pending an autopsy that's scheduled for Monday. The department says it will be releasing a more detailed statement.

Funeral arrangements for David E. Carr are with the Flint Funeral Home in Moira.

There will be no public calling hours.

A funeral mass will be said at 2 PM Friday at St. Patrick's Church in Brasher Falls.

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