Captain David Joseph Irr‚ 49‚ died while on duty on May 23‚ 2010. A fire captain and paramedic‚ he served with Yuma Rural/Metro Fire Department for more than 24 years.
David Irr was born and raised in Yuma. He attended St. Francis School and graduated from Kofa High School. During high school‚ he was active in the Boy Scouts of America‚ where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He worked as a lifeguard and developed a passion for saving lives. While attending college‚ he worked for both Yuma Ambulance Service and Flagstaff Ambulance Service. He graduated from Northern Arizona University -Flagstaff with a degree in construction management.
When not at the fire department‚ David worked as an estimator for W. J. Anderson Construction CO. He volunteered with the Yuma Jaycees and served with the Knights of Columbus and the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT Team.
David was survived by his wife‚ Kathryn; his two daughters‚ Christa and Kayla; his parents‚ Frank and Maureen; three brothers‚ Frank Jr.‚ Steve‚ and Kevin; his sister‚ Margo; and extended family.
David is dearly missed by all whose lives he touched. He is remembered for his loyalty and the free flowing laughter‚ caring dedication‚ and boundless energy which he generously shared with others.