University Park Fire Chief Randy Howell addressed the media Monday afternoon to discuss the death of Captain Robert Poynter.
The chief first learned of Poynter’s death Saturday morning. He said it was among the most difficult calls he has had to take during his 30-year career.
“Everyone here is coming to grips with the events of the weekend, and following news reports just like everyone else,” Howell said.
Howell remembered Poynter as a man who loved to travel and spend time with his family, especially his three daughters. The chief recalled when Poynter served on a taskforce with three others during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Originally tasked with training officers and helping residents receive federal aid, Poynter ended up searching for bodies and cataloging the dead.
Poynter also worked the recent fire at Goff’s Hamburgers, one of the largest in UP history.
“Bob was a much respected firefighter and leader in our department,” Howell said. “He served his community with distinction.”
Poynter’s funeral will be held Thursday in Sanger. Members of the UP Fire Department are helping the family with arrangements and will participate in the service.