By FireRescue1 Staff
PLANTATION, Fla. — A fire lieutenant died earlier this month, after he collapsed during a drill.
Officials with the Plantation Fire Department said Lt. Barry Boulton Sr. was at a Rapid Intervention Team drill on May 7 when he fell ill. His colleagues immediatly began resucitation efforts.
Boulton, 67, was rushed to a local hospital where he died from cardiac arrest.
Boulton was a retired U.S. Marine colonel and retired detective with the Hollywood (Florida) Police Department.
“I had the privilege of serving in the Criminal Investigations Division with Barry and saw his dedication and professionalism first hand. No matter how difficult the case, Barry treated everyone with dignity and respect. His smile was infectious and you will not find anyone from HPD who hasn’t said Barry was one of the nicest people they ever met,” said Hollywood Police Assistant Chief Manny Marino at Boulton’s funeral services.
Boulton had served 30 years with the Hollywood Police Department from 1983 to his retirement in 2013. During his career with the PD, he served in the Criminal Investigations Division, on the SWAT Team and as a member of the HPD Dive Team
“While Colonel, Detective and Lieutenant were his official titles, his true role was to be a husband, father and family man. God speed brother, we will forever be grateful and thank for your service,” Hollywood Police officials posted on their Facebook page.