Violet Township Assistant Fire Chief Doug Barr died Sunday, Feb. 27.

Violet Township Assistant Fire Chief Doug Barr died Sunday, Feb. 27.

Barr was 51. He died at Fairfield Medical Center a day after experiencing complications from an unknown illness.

Violet Township Fire Battalion Chief Jim Paxton said Barr was at work and seemingly fine on Friday, Feb. 25, but came down with flu-like symptoms sometime the following day before passing.

"There was no indication there was anything wrong," Paxton said. "Every indication was there wasn't a sniffle, not a cough.

"He just died due to complications from this illness. It was very rapid."

Funeral visitation is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Halteman Fett & Dyer Funeral Home, 436 N. Broad St., Lancaster.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at Faith Memorial Church, 2610 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster.

Barr was a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive program, according to his biography on the fire department's website. He joined the department in 1990 and was promoted to assistant chief in December 2008, after serving as a firefighter and company officer.

We have lost a leader here, we have lost a friend, a brother," Paxton said. "I don't even know how we're going to measure this loss. There are so many voids on a very professional level, as well as a very personal level.

"I mourn his death, but I celebrate his life."

For more on this story, see the March 3 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington.