Chief Carr's influence has touched many

Chief Carr is a giant in our industry; his positive example influenced many who advanced through the ranks

Editor’s Note:

Editor's Note: Chief Adam K. Thiel looks at the profound influence Chief Carr has had on his and other fire-service careers.

One of the earliest memories of my fire and emergency services journey was picking up a copy of Rescue magazine and seeing then-Captain Tom Carr on the cover.

At the time, I was a new volunteer in Montgomery County, Md., and Chief Carr was assigned to one of that county's elite heavy-rescue companies — Rescue 3 in Rockville, Md.

He was seemingly larger-than-life and I vividly remember thinking: "that's who I want to be." That was around the time I decided to make the fire service my career; there's no question that Chief Carr had something to do with my choice.

Later, I had the honor of working with him for awhile as a peer fire chief in the National Capital Region; once again, I admired his humility, intellect, command presence, and dedication.

There's no question that Chief Carr is a giant in our industry; his positive example has undoubtedly influenced many of us who advanced through the ranks over the past 20 years.

I know our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family for a speedy recovery from this hospitalization, and for a well-earned retirement.

About the author

With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel — FireRescue1's editorial advisor — is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.

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