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Funeral services will be Saturday for Perryville fire police captain

Funeral services will be held Saturday for a Perryville fire police captain who died last week from injuries suffered when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at an accident scene.

Capt. David R. Barr, 64, died on Nov. 7 at Christiana Medical Center in Delaware, two weeks after he was injured on Route 40 near Perryville.

"On behalf of Director Brooks and the entire Cecil County Department of Emergency Services it is with deep regret that we announce the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter David Barr, Sr. of The Community Fire Company of Perryville, Md.," Cecil County Department of Emergency Services officials wrote on their Facebook page last week. "Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Capt. Barr was a retired firefighter with the federal fire service and formerly worked at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Hospital. In addition to volunteering at the Community Fire Company, he was a member of the Water Witch Fire Company in Port Deposit, which he joined as a teenager, according to his family.

Family also said he will be remembered as a man who loved his work, the fire service, the community and his family.

Capt. Barr, who resided in Port Deposit, was monitoring traffic at the scene of an accident on Route 40 (Pulaski Highway) during the late afternoon of Oct. 25.

Robert C. Nickel IV, 27, of Perryville, was driving west on Route 40 when he came over the hill and upon the accident scene and Barr's emergency vehicle in the left lane.

Nickel struck Capt. Barr as he swerved to avoid the vehicle, according to Perryville Police. Capt. Barr was transported by ambulance to Christiana Medical Center in Delaware, where he remained until his death.

The Perryville Police have been investigating the crash with support from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police; however, no charges have been filed, according to online court records.

The service for Capt. Barr will be held at the Minker Banquet Hall of the Community Fire Company of Perryville on Saturday at 11 a.m. Viewings will be Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the fire station.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Fire Company of Perryville, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation or Children's Legacy Network, in care of Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, P.A., P.O. Box 766, Perryville, Md., 21903-0766.

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