Volunteer Firefighter David E. Carr, 62, Of Winthrop, New York, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on November 17, 2017, after returning home from fighting a large industrial fire throughout the night.
David was the epitome of a volunteer, belonging to multiple organizations throughout the community for over 30 years. Born June 10, 1955, the son of Elwood and Audrey (Starks) Carr, David was a 1973 graduate of St. Lawrence Central School. David was united in marriage on May 4, 1974, with his high school sweetheart, Lisa Rufa.
David was a longtime member of the Brasher-Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department and the Tri-Town Volunteer Rescue Squad. When help was needed, David responded. It didn’t matter if it was a local problem or if it was an emergency elsewhere in New York. He was past fire chief of the Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department and maintained an active membership after the merger between Brasher and Winthrop in 1998 that formed the current Brasher-Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department. David was a pump operator, tower operator, truck driver, and tanker driver. For 17 years he was a member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he served as chief for four years.
Throughout this time, David received many awards and official recognitions. In 2016, he was recognized for his commitment in responding to the most calls. He was a first responder as well as an EMT for seven years. Whether it was the fire department or the rescue squad, David could be counted on for being a trusted mentor and friend. There were many trainings which David had already completed but would take again to help a younger firefighter get through. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone.
Most importantly, throughout David’s time as a volunteer, he was a friend, always there when needed.