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      Thomas Carr, first Montgomery Co. fire chief, dies

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      Montgomery County's first{}fire chief passed away Thursday in Charleston, S.C., ABC4 reports.{}

      According to a 2008 release from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, Thomas Carr began his career{}in 1978 as a paramedic and firefighter and quickly rose through the ranks to become the county's first fire chief.

      After leaving Montgomery County, Carr became chief of the Charleston Fire Department in 2008. He retired last March, two years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

      ABC4 reports Carr died following a battle with Multiple System Atrophy, which mimics Parkinson's disease in its early stages. He was 59.

      Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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