Charleston's Chief Carr awarded ‘Fire Chief of the Year’

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Fire Chief Thomas W. Carr, Jr. has been named the "Career Fire Chief of the Year" by Fire Chief Magazine.

The magazine said they honored Carr because of his leadership at the Charleston Fire Department and his former department in Montgomery County, Md. Carr took over as chief in Charleston in 2008 after the Sofa Super Store Fire that killed nine firefighters.

The magazine will honor Carr during the opening session of the International Association of Fire Chiefs' conference in Chicago on Aug. 26. Carr will be the 15th recipient of this award.

Carr has been a firefighter for 30 years and helped the Charleston department and the city recover from the fatal Sofa Super Store fire.

"The task of taking the fire department from mourning to recovery was, and continues to be, a monumental endeavor," Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said in a statement. "Chief Carr's steady leadership, open approach, vision and personal investment in the men and women of the city of Charleston Fire Department are gently but steadily guiding the department to new greatness."

Carr and Riley are expected to speak about the award Wednesday.

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