OBITUARY

Harry "Butch" McCool Barnes

April 9, 1942December 1, 2019
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Harry “Butch” Barnes, 77, died at home in Cleveland, Tennessee with his wife Shelli by his side Sunday 12/1/19 He was a paramedic/firefighter and founder of Hamilton Co STARS and the Tri-State CISM Team/PAR Foundation. He is survived by his wife, Shelli Barnes; his son, Chris Barnes, daughter, April Barnes Stafford (Doug) and grandchildren, Samantha; Sarah; Christopher II; Joshua Taylor; and a brother, John R Barnes III. A Celebration of Butch’s Life will be held on Tuesday December 10, 2019 in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the Forest Hills Cemetery in St. Elmo. Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com

Services

10 December

Visitation

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist-East Chapel

404 South Moore Road
East Ridge, TN 37412

10 December

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist-East Chapel

404 South Moore Road
East Ridge, TN 37412

10 December

Committal Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Forest Hills Cemetery

4016 Tennessee Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37409

Memories

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Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Tri-State CISM Team during the Tri-State Crematory Event, Nobel, GA with the two ICISF consultants from Miami.

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Butch as a Tri-State CISM Team Incident Command Staff and Peer Support during the Tri-State Crematory Event, Nobel, GA

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Janet with "Mike & Molly" the Tri-State CISM Kids with Butch and Bucky

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Butch & Bucky with Janet and "Mike & Molly" the Tri-State CISM Kids.

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Butch & Dianna monitoring weather during a STARS Drill

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Butch monitoring weather during a STARS Drill

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Members of the Tri-State CISM Team that responded to 9-11. Betsy Kammerdiener, Sam Bernard, Forrest "Bucky" Pendergraph, Butch Barnes

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Members of the Tri-State CISM team, December 2001

Sam Bernard

December 5, 2019

Butch with my father's NASCAR "starter flags" from Bristol.

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Biography

He was one of the first paramedics in the state and nation. Butch was a sworn law enforcement officer and member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He attended Baylor School on a football scholarship, but after a serious knee injury, he graduated from City High School in Chattanooga. He was a founding member of Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue (STARS), the Tri-State Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, and the Preparation Assessment and Response (PAR) Foundation. He was a responder to the 9/11 terrorist attack in NYC for a week beginning on 9/12 where he assisted both Fortune 5 businesses and local emergency responders. He responded to the Tri-State Crematory Event in Noble, GA for 4 months by initiating the Incident Command System (ICS) to organize the CISM response and worked with both local volunteer fire personnel and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents. He was instrumental in designing and training GBI agents on conducting forensic interviews to gather information about prosthetic devises to aid in remains identification. He also responded to various local incidents including airplane crashes and other aviation related incidents in his role as TN CISM Officer for Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the US Air Force. He and Shelli enjoyed dressing in historical vintage clothing and reenacting with the River Chase Posse
as well as hosting karaoke events at various venues.
He is survived by his wife, Shelli Barnes; his son, Chris Barñes, daughter, April Barnes Stafford (Doug) and grandchildren, Samantha; Sarah; Christopher II; Joshua Taylor; and a brother, John R Barnes III.