Pickerington Times-Sun

Assistant Chief Douglas R. Barr

Golf outing helps fund scholarships in memory of firefighter

By MICHAEL HAYES
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The third annual Doug Barr Golf Outing, hosted by the nonprofit Violet Township Firefighters Memorial Foundation and members of Local 3558 of the International Association of Firefighters, aims once again to raise scholarship money to help local youths attend college.

The event, planned for Aug. 30 at Homestead Springs Golf Course, 5888 London Lancaster Road, Groveport, will be a four-man scramble format with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The outing pays tribute to the memory of Assistant Chief Douglas R. Barr of the Violet Township Fire Department, who died unexpectedly Feb. 27, 2011, from an illness.

Violet Township firefighter-paramedic Eric Taft said the event raises money to help graduating Fairfield County students achieve their dreams, a goal Barr was passionate about in his everyday life.

"Doug was very involved in our 'Reach Out' program, where seniors in high school ride along with the firefighters," Taft said.

"He was always involved in athletics at Fairfield Union (High School)," Taft said.

Barr had also been a former teacher and served as a member of the Fairfield Union Board of Education.

He was a volunteer with both the Fairfield County branch of the American Red Cross and the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Barr was hired by the Violet Township Fire Department in 1990 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1996 before being named assistant chief in 2009.

"He was like a second father to a lot of us," Taft said. "You would call him and he was there."

Money raised through golf outing registrations, sponsorships and donations will help two area students this year.

Shelby York of Pickerington High School Central and Samuel Green of Fairfield Union High School were the recipients of the 2013 Douglas R. Barr Memorial Scholarship.

"Last year we awarded a single $1,000 scholarship, two students received scholarships this year," Taft said.

He said anyone who wishes to donate to the scholarship fund or register for the golf outing can visit the VTFD Memorial Foundation website at vtfdmemorial.com.

The organization is also seeking donations for raffle prizes and a silent auction.

"Everything goes back to the memorial fund," Taft said.

"As long as our funds keep increasing, we'll increase the amount of scholarships we'll give out," he said.

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