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Karl J Carman Jr.

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  1. I miss my Uncle Johnny, Karl J. Carman, Jr. and his twin Sister, Joan V. Carman Bryan. I know that you are both Angels and are with our Lord in Heaven.

    – Carol L Bryan
  2. Karl was a great firefighter, whom I had the privilege to know and work with. He loved everything fire related and he loved John Wayne. I was near him the night he died, from a heart attack, at a large chemical company fire. He was working a large nozzle with his crew, spraying water on the building when a large electrical transformer, directly overhead, exploded from the heat. It sounded like a bomb with a huge blue bolt of lightening. He fell into about a foot of water from runoff, where his men grabbed him and pulled him on to the street. Our medics worked hard to revive him, but it was not to be. Karl was a good man. We miss you Karl, but will see you in Paradise with our Lord.

    – BRUCE KELLEY
  3. I grew up being able to tell others that “My Dad is a firefighter”, it was an honor for me. I will always be the proud daughter of a Miami Springs, Florida, Firefighter. They later became Metro-Dade Fire station 35. My youngest brother served them and recently retired as a MDFR-Fire Captain.
    Our Dad loved his job, he was good at serving, protecting and recusing others. It brought him much joy. He was a man who loved his country, his family and took pride in his work. He lived with honor, integrity and amazing courage always.
    He left this world quickly on that Friday evening battling a four-alarm chemical warehouse building fire, almost as if God had heard his desire and request and told him “Come home my well-deserved servant, you have earned your rest.”
    Hundreds of firefighters honored and accompanied Dad and us to his final resting place. They took him on the same fire truck that he had rode his last call on with the American flag draped over him. I am sure that as he passed under those two fire engines with their ladders raised, he was smiling down on all of us.
    He is forever in our hearts and both of our parents now together again are missed dearly.

    – Rebecca (Becky Carman) Mills