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Lowcountry honors former fire chief with funeral, processional

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By Stacy Jacobson and Sonya Stevens
sjacobson@abcnews4.com & sstevens@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- His family, friends and former colleagues called him Superman.

Friends, family and hundreds of fellow first responders, with their badges banded in black, saluted former Charleston Fire Chief Tom Carr.

Carr's son West recalled his father's dedication, even on April 19, 1995. It was West's birthday, but also the day disaster struck in Oklahoma City.

"We had cake for breakfast cause that's what you do. My next memory of that day is helping to pack the bags, helping get all his stuff together, because he was off to save the day again," West Carr said.

They saw him as a hero. But, West Carr remembered a different side of his dad; the side that gave him 13 rules to live by before he started college.

"Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly," he said.

The community honored him for how he helped a wounded Charleston Fire Department in the aftermath of the Sofa Super Store fire.

"[He stepped] in to the grief and pain to lead the Charleston Fire Department in to a brand new day,"the pastor said.

West honored him for being a good dad.

"He wanted to make the world better for us. He wanted to make the people around him better," West Carr said.

Hundreds of first responders would say he did.

After the funeral, there was a long, decorated processional from the church to Magnolia Cemetery. Numerous fire trucks, police cars, and even a Coast Guard vehicle made their way from downtown Charleston to the cemetery. There were even two fire truck ladders and a large American flag as they all went to say their final farewell to a man that meant so much to them.

"It just goes to show you exactly what kind of man Chief Carr was, how much everybody loved that guy. You couldn't help but love him," said Capt. Pete Salvo with the Charleston Fire Department. "He was just an outstanding type of guy and he looked after you. He was a family man and he considered the fire department part of his family."

There were more than a hundred firefighters and police officers in attendance, all showing their respect for a man that made a difference during his four years with the Charleston Fire Department.

"It's really sad a man of his caliber passed away at such a young age that he did. Really he had a while lot more that he could contribute to the community and to the Charleston Fire Department," said Salvo.

Carr was not only popular among local law enforcement, but there were also former coworkers from Montgomery County Maryland in attendance so they could say their goodbyes as well. 


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