Remembering ‘Roy’ Bahr: First Aid Squad, Fireman Lifer

By ERIC ENGLUND | May 15, 2019

Barnegat Township — At a recent Barnegat Township Committee meeting, officials paid tribute to Leonard “Roy” Bahr, a longtime volunteer firefighter and charter member of the first aid squad, who died March 17 at the age of 93. Mayor Alfonso Cirulli presented a commemorative resolution to his son Gary and his wife, Elizabeth.

“I knew Roy for at least 32 years,” said Cirulli. “He was a gentleman who was respected by all who knew him. He took responsibility seriously. He loved Barnegat and went the extra mile. When he passed away, part of the foundation of Barnegat was missing.”

Cirulli said Bahr, a World War II Navy veteran, was a fire company member for 65 years.

“He also helped form the first aid squad in 1949, and he ran calls through his 70s,” said Cirulli. His father, Fred Bahr, was also a first aid squad charter member and a longtime fireman.

During his working career, Bahr was employed by the Tuckerton Railroad, was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and became postmaster at the Barnegat Post Office until his retirement in 1982. After his retirement he became a school bus driver for the Barnegat Township School District for several years.

Gary Brown, past president of the fire company, said Bahr continued to go on fire calls until he was in his mid-80s.

“At that point, he didn’t go into buildings, but he would help the crew with anything that was needed,” said Brown. “Even after he stopped going on calls, he was still a presence at the firehouse, serving on our trustee board and working with the new members.”

Gary Bahr recalled his father being one “who worked very hard to support his family and who strongly believed in serving the community.”

“He was always there to help,” said Bahr, who was also a first aid squad member. “I really want to thank the township committee in honoring him.” —E.E.

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