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BSO mourns fallen firefighter

A 30-year veteran firefighter died after being struck by lightning while en route to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado.

William “Billy” Carr, 53, a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue driver/engineer, was traveling with a group of firefighter friends on June 12 when he was tragically struck by lightning, causing his motorcycle to crash about 130 miles outside of Denver. Carr and three others on motorcycles were on the way to visit the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs. The group was comprised of current and retired Broward Sheriff Firefighters who rendered aid at the scene and, with his family, kept a vigil by Billy’s bedside in the hospital. On Tuesday, June 15, Billy passed away at St. Anthony’s hospital in Denver.

Driver/Engineer Carr was based at Weston Fire Station 67 for the past eight years. Prior to that, he was a captain assigned to supervise Fire Dispatch. He began his career in 1979 as a paramedic with then-Broward County EMS. He also served as the Vice-president and executive board member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 4321, which is the Broward County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics union.

A traditional firefighter’s funeral for D/E Billy Carr will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23 at St. Coleman’s Church, 1200 South Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. Visitation will be held from 4 – 8 p. m. Tuesday, June 22 at Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach.

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