Former Charleston (S.C.) Fire Chief Thomas Carr passed away Wednesday night after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 59.
Carr became chief in Charleston in November 2008, in the aftermath of the 2007 Sofa Super Store fire and subsequent resignation of Chief Rusty Thomas. Carr announced he had Parkinson's in April 2010 and retired two years later.
Prior to serving in Charleston, Carr was chief of Montgomery County (Md.) Fire and Rescue Services.
In 2010, FIRE CHIEF named Carr its Career Chief of the Year.
"He was a great man who left a profound legacy," Charleston Mayor Joe Reilley said in a press statement. "His creation of automatic aid in our region was transformative. He was a innovator in the fire service and made a great impact on our region."
Funeral service information and plans will be announced at a later date.