Carrol L. Herring, a native of Varnado, LA, passed away peacefully on the morning of December 26th, 2013 surrounded by friends and family. Carrol was known and loved by so many. He is survived by his wife, Dot Herring; children: Joe Herring with his wife Lee Herring and Carolyn Hollier with her husband Gary Hollier; grandchildren: Jason Coursey with his wife Danielle Coursey, Heather Ryder with her husband Ryan Ryder, Callie Geier with her husband Robert Geier, Hayley Adams with her husband Chris Adams, and Allison Herring; great-grandchildren: Tyler Coursey, Grant Coursey, Joseph Geier, and MacKenzie Geier. Carrol is well known for his contributions to the Louisiana Fire Service, which have had both national and international impacts. In 1948, Carrol joined the Baton Rouge Fire Department, following his wife's suggestion to an ad she found in the local newspaper. In 1963, after 15 years of service to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, Louisiana State University hired Carrol to coordinate the beginnings of Firemen Training program; in 1969, he was appointed director of training program. Under Carrol's direction, LSU Firemen Training became one of the leading organizations for firemen training in the nation. In 1981, he retired from LSU Firemen Training to serve as the appointed Louisiana State Fire Marshall, where he continued to serve for the next 9 years, under 3 different governors. Carrol spent much time lobbying the Louisiana State Legislature for funding and support for the state fire service. He was called out of retirement in 1999 to once again lead LSU Firemen Training, then known as LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, until his second retirement in 2005. In 2012, to honor Carrol and his contributions to the Louisiana fire service and to LSU, LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute was officially renamed the Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute. Carrol was a true country boy, raised in Washington Parish. He loved to hunt and fish. He loved to love people. He loved his family with the truest, most unconditional love anyone could know. And he loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. Carrol attended First Baptist Church of New Roads with his wife Dot, where he also served as a deacon. Carrol leaves behind a true legacy. No one can know how many times he reached out to help people when no one else would. Carrol Herring made a difference in this world. He lifted others. He lived his faith. Funeral arrangements are as follows: the wake will be held on Sunday, December 29th, 2013 from 5-9pm at Niland's Funeral Home in New Roads, LA; visitation will be on December 30th, 2013 from 9-11am with the funeral service to follow at 11am at First Baptist Church of New Roads; the burial will be at RestHaven in Baton Rouge, LA. In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Pointe Coupee Health Services Foundation for a donation to the local
, or made out to First Baptist Church of New Roads "In memory of Carrol Herring/Missions" so that a donation can be made to an international missions organization in Carrol's honor.
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Published in The Advocate from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2013