Longtime New Jersey Firefighter Dies at Station

ATLANTIC CITY - Members of the city's Fire Department were in mourning Tuesday night after losing one of their own.

Firefighter Paul Carr, 58, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday afternoon in the station where he served, Deputy Chief Vincent Rifice said.

A firefighter found Carr lying on the floor and notified others, Rifice said. Carr had been working out alone on a rowing machine in Fire Station 4 at California and Atlantic avenues.

"They tried CPR," Rifice said. "An ambulance was there within a minute or two," but he could not be revived.

Carr was a member of Ladder 3 in Platoon 3. Rifice said he took the two companies out of service for the rest of the day.

"It really was tough for all the guys in the station there that work with him," Rifice said.

A member of the stress incident team was to speak with the firefighters this morning, he said.

Carr's service began in 1984, according to seniority records. But Rifice said he believes that is when Carr returned to work after being out on medical leave for a few years. He also was a former member of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol.

An Atlantic City native, Carr lived in Northfield with his wife and two teenage sons.

No further information was available Tuesday night.

Funeral Arrangements:

A Full Dress Fire Department Viewing and Service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2005