Local firefighters feel the loss of the Phoenix Fire chaplain

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You think about who a fire chaplain is and you can just imagine what kind of impact he had. 

There for some of the firefighting community’s toughest moments such as losing the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill fire. 

You wonder how do firefighters pick up the courage to continue after something so tragic like that? Well Father Carl Carlozzi was a part of the reason. 

Father Carl Carlozzi was the force behind hope and healing for many firefighters and their families. 

He was a husband and father who was there as a pillar for the community for decades.

His role in the phoenix Fire Department was pivotal to their strength and their slogan.

“Our family helping your family, and to provide that help, he’s been a part of that for over 25 years, so losing Father Carl is like losing one of our own...he is one of own.”

One of their own who was a part of even their happiest moments-- marrying more than 100 firefighters and administering baptisms for their children. 

“And he also was there through our darkest times where we had to bury firefighters.” 

His support, love and compassion during trying times was felt not only here in the valley, but across the nation. 

Father Carlozzi deployed with the FEMA team following the Oklahoma City Bombings...in addition to his support after 9-11. 

Earlier today, we spoke to Phoenix Fire Caption Jake Van Hook as he looked back on the impact Father Carlozzi had on him after losing a firefighter early in his career with the department. 

“Reminding us to press on strong as Brett did and to live out his memory by working hard and staying connected to each other.”

 The Department says his loss is one that will be felt deeply through the community.  

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