Barry R. Fry joined Carlisle Fire Company as a volunteer firefighter on March 2, 1972. Raised in nearby Harrington, Barry begun his long and distinguished fire service career by joining the Harrington Fire Company in 1964. Barry graduated from Harrington High School (HHS) where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. During his four years at Delaware, Barry enrolled into the University’s ROTC program and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, US Army; Artillery. While attending Delaware, Barry participated with the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company of Newark. During his college career at Delaware, he would go to classes at UD during the week and return home on weekends to attend fire school classes.
Upon graduation from Delaware Barry continued serving his Country, serving in the Army from 1969 through 1972, and obtaining the rank of First Lieutenant. Returning home he joined the Army Reserve and was assigned to the 315th S & S Company in Dover. Promoted to the rank of Captain, Barry transferred over to the Delaware National Guard and was assigned as Company Commander of the 945th Maintenance Company, in Milford. Barry remained in the Milford unit for ten years before leaving the military due to knee surgery. Returning from the Army, Barry lived in Camden, Delaware where he spent a brief period with the Camden-Wyoming Fire Company. Relocating and moving to Milford, he began his teaching career at Milford Senior High School as the school’s Agriculture Teacher and FFA advisor, a position he held for 37 years before retiring in 2010.
Throughout his volunteer fire service career with Carlisle, Barry has held a variety of administrative and operational positions including, Director, Vice President and President of Carlisle for 7 years. In fact, he served on the Company’s Board of Directors for 25 years. During those years as an administrative officer with the Company, Barry, served in an operational capacity including Fire Line Captain and 2nd Assistant Fire Chief for many years. From the early beginnings of his career in Harrington and brief memberships in Newark and Camden-Wyoming to his Life Long membership with Carlisle, Barry has earned over 870 hours of fire related training from basic firefighting skills through staff and command classes. In 1992 Barry was recognized as Carlisle’s “Fireman of the Year”. He was also honor as a “Grand Marshal” representing Carlisle Fire Department at one of the State’s largest Annual “Community” Parades hosted here in Milford.
Barry’s passions in life extend beyond the fire service. He is a family man, with his wife Carol and two daughters Renee and Lisa as well as his three grandchildren; Ashley, Tayg and Tanner. Barry will also be quick to include the name of an extended family member as well, his outdoor companion ‘Storm” a 2 year yellow lab. When he is not hunting you may find Barry in the bay or out in the Atlantic fishing for trout or flounder. Beyond any passion, Barry’s calling in life was to be a teacher. During his career he continued enhancing his profession as a teacher by receiving his Master’s Degree from Wilmington College in Secondary School Administration and Instruction, certifying as a Secondary School Administrator. Since 1984, Barry has taught a variety of classes from basic firefighter’s skills that included SCBA, small tools, forcible entry, ladders and extinguishers. Even though he is retired as a full time teacher you can still find him today at the Fire School or at a local fire station instructing and preparing Delaware firefighters, providing them the skills necessary with answering the call.
Today Barry serves as President of the Milford FFA Alumni Association, is an active member of the Cedarfield Ruritan Club, Member of the Milford School Board and continues volunteering as an instructor with the Delaware Hunter Safety as well as Boating Safety programs. He has made a profound impact not only within our community as a teacher but statewide within the Delaware Fire Service as an Instructor.
Barry continues providing an active role in the community. Whether it is reaching out and reinforcing the safety of our young sportsmen or ensuring the finest quality to students, education remains the highest priority to him. On March 5, 1992, Barry was honored for faithfully providing Carlisle twenty years of continuous service to the community, receiving his life membership. The combination of his educational background coupled with his military background has provided tremendous contributions to all members of the Carlisle Fire Company over the years. Past President and Life Member, Barry R. Fry is one of today’s true Pioneers of Carlisle.