It was a sad day in Cecil County as first responders from all over Maryland and the region came to Station 6 in Perryville to pay respects to Captain David R Barr, Jr., 64, a veteran Cecil County firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty.
The career firefighter devoted himself to the fire service and to serving the citizens of Cecil County. Whenever there was an emergency or something needed to be done at the firehouse, he was one of the first to volunteer and was often tapped to lead important functions. He joined the Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit as a teenager, where he served in many capacities. Professionally he worked as a federal fire fighter, serving 34 years at the Perry Point Veterans Hospital, retiring from government service with the rank of Lieutenant. In 2000 he joined the Community Fire Company of Perryville, serving there as a Captain when he answered the final call.
On his final alarm on October 25, 2013, he was on-the-job at an accident on Route 40 in Perryville when he was struck by an automobile. He succumbed to his injuries on Nov. 7, 2013.
This afternoon firefighters flanked the casket, standing watch and changing guard with military precision and slow salutes to their fallen brother, as family, friends, and emergency services personnel crowded into the Minker Banquet Hall to honor the memory of Captain Barr.
The public servant, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Cecil County will be laid to rest Saturday.