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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Community pays tribute to Joe Darr

  • Flags hung from interstate overpasses and fire trucks and other public safety department vehicles were positioned at communities between Kansas City and Chillicothe Wednesday afternoon to honor Chillicothe Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Darr, as a hearse carried his body home.
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  • Flags hung from interstate overpasses and fire trucks and other public safety department vehicles were positioned at communities between Kansas City and Chillicothe Wednesday afternoon to honor Chillicothe Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Darr, as a hearse carried his body home.
    The cortege arrived in Chillicothe around 6 p.m. and was met by community members lining the streets to pay tribute to the 34-year veteran of the local fire department.
    Departments accompanying the hearse through town included the Chillicothe Fire Department, Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chula Rural Fire, Wheeling Rural Fire, Meadville Fire, Heartland EMS, and Caldwell County Ambulance and Fire.
    Among those positioned along the route were Plattsburg Fire, Breckenridge Fire, Braymer Fire, Liberty Fire, Holt Fire , Lathrop Fire, KAW Fire, Hamilton Fire, Hamilton Police, Caldwell County EMS, Polo Fire, Green Township Fire, and Mooresville Fire.
    Darr, 62, was an emergency medical technician and was employed with the Chillicothe Fire Department for 34 years. He was the Chillicothe Fire Branch Coordinator for the Region H Homeland Security Region Response System (Haz-Mat team), a position he enjoyed and was honored to fulfill.
    “He was a dedicated and caring member of the Chillicothe community and will be greatly missed by his family, fire shift crew, fire service colleagues, and many others who he positively impacted and mentored throughout his fire service career,” said Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright.
    Darr was hospitalized in August and had returned home for a few days before being air-lifted to St. Luke’s on Tuesday.
    Funeral services, with full fire service honors, are pending. The Missouri Fire Service Funeral Assistance Team is assisting the department with arrangements.

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