MCFRS News Release

Firefighter Succumbs to Illness

Funeral Services to be held Wednesday, September 6, 2006

On Friday, September 1, 2006 Montgomery County Fire Fighter Carlos Alfaro, Jr. succumbed to a long illness and died at Georgetown Hospital. He is survived by a wife, daughter and extended family. His father and brother-in-law are Montgomery County firefighters, as well.

Firefighter Carlos Alfaro, Jr. was operated on in February 2006 and became very ill and remained in the hospital. As a liver transplant recipient nine years ago, this latest illness caused his liver to be less efficient and not produce sufficient coagulating blood factors that caused him to be in constant need of blood transfusions. He was a patient of Georgetown Hospital ICU for the last seven months.

Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr noted, “He was an extraordinary person, obviously loved by family, co-workers and throughout the community. He was truly loved and respected because of his dedication to serve others.” He is a native Peruvian. His father, Firefighter Carlos Alfaro Sr. has been in the fire service for over 30 years and Carlos Alfaro Jr. for 18 years.

This father and son duo of public servants and their families have been generous with their time dedicated to serving the Hispanic community by aiding, translating, recruiting and educating families on many different levels. Over the years, they even collected and sent surplus American fire apparatus and protective gear to Peruvian firefighters. Locally, during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays they very quietly collect food, toys and even Christmas decorations and deliver to many families in need in and around Montgomery County. He was very involved in a special after school mentoring program for at risk Hispanic youths at the Rolling Terrace Elementary School, in Silver Spring.

Fire Fighter Alfaro had past affiliations with Volunteer Fire and Rescue Associations in Montgomery and the Prince George’s County, the Maryland State Firemen’s Association and the Takoma Park Lion’s Club, as well as other local community and church groups. He spent most of career as a Montgomery County firefighter working in the Silver Spring area. He was most recently assigned to the Emergency Communications Center in Gaithersburg.

The funeral service will take place on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, located at 72 University Boulevard-East, Silver Spring at 10:00 a.m. Internment will take place at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery, in Aspen Hill.

NOTE: Their will be a Blood Drive in his honor on October 22, 2006 at the Silver Spring Fire Station, #16 located on University Boulevard.

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