Elkton Emergency Squad Chief Baugher passes away

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ELKTON — Carroll Baugher loved family.

The chief of the Elkton Emergency Squad held his wife, son and grandson close to his heart. He also had a second family: every firefighter and rescue squad member in eastern Rockingham County.

Now, both families are mourning his loss.

The 57-year-old died unexpectedly at his home last Tuesday.

“I don’t know how this place will run without him,” said Capt. Pam Monger, who gathered with dozens of squad members at their station on Blue and Gold Drive last Wednesday night to share stories about Baugher. “He was the bolt that held everything together.”

The Montevideo High School graduate retired from Transprint USA in Harrisonburg, where he worked as a quality control inspector, about a decade ago. Baugher began volunteering in emergency services about 30 years ago, first with the McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company and later with the Elkton Volunteer Fire Company.

In September 2009, he joined the Elkton Emergency Squad and became chief six years ago.

McGaheysville Fire Chief Todd Breeden knew him for three decades.

“He was a kind, gentle, caring person who was always willing to help,” said Breeden, adding that Baugher was determined to help Elkton-area residents. “He cared about the community and wanted to help.”

Jeff Werner, a McGaheysville volunteer firefi ghter, said Baugher was always eager to lend his neighbors a hand, especially in an emergency.

“When the fire tones would go off, he’d kick off the walking boots as he was running for the truck,” Werner said. “He wanted to be the first one there.”

While he was a leader, he didn’t seek any publicity, his fellow squad members say.

Each year, he’d win agency awards for the most calls ran and most hours spent volunteering.

“He didn’t want any recognition,” said Thomas Schroeder, who serves on the emergency squad’s board of directors. “He was just a good- hearted man.”

While eager to help the community, his family always came first, Monger said.

Baugher leaves behind his wife, Ressa, who also volunteered with him.

He also is survived by a son, Brandon Baugher, and a grandson, Brandon Baugher II, also known as “Ray-Ray.”

Baugher especially loved spending time with his grandson, friends say.

“He’d babysit him all the time,” Monger said.

While friends and family were mourning the chief ’s loss last Wednesday, they also planned a special service to honor his life.

A funeral service was held Saturday at the funeral Kyger Funeral Home, with burial following at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. An Elkton Emergency Squad ambulance will transported Baugher to the cemetery.

There, his friends and family said goodbye to a man who they say was taken too soon.

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