Update: Funeral Arrangements:
Viewings will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Ruhl Armory on York Rd. in Towson
His funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
Interment will follow at Dulaney Memorial Gardens.
Firefighter Mark Falkenhan was overcome in flashover conditions on the third floor at a 4 alarm fire in Baltimore County. He was rescued by fellow firefighters and died at the hospital. Firefighters rescued two occupants during the fire.
Mark Falkenhan was a firefighter, a paramedic, a husband, and a father.
The Essex-Middle River Patch offers an excellent view of Mark’s life in an article titled “Great Firefighter, Great Husband, Great Father”.
If you don’t do anything else, read the article here!
It is clear that Mark was a role model.
Mark left his job with Baltimore County Fire to work for the U.S. Secret Service. He remained a volunteer firefighter with the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County.
Shorlty after he graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1986, Falkenhan joined the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Co. He rose to the rank of chief and is a lifetime member.
Falkenhan then joined the Baltimore County Fire Department as an emergency medical technician in 1990.
He married Gladys on Nov. 11, 1993, and became an EMT-Paramedic the following year. He served at various stations across the county before retiring in 2006 to accept a job with the U.S. Secret Service.
Most firefighters will learn something from every Line of Duty Death. Those lessons are typically learned once the reports are published and the findings are disseminated. It is already clear to me that Mark’s death, the 10th LODD this year, already has a positive message. Live, Learn, and Love… both in our families at the firehouse and more importantly at home.
Mark was 43 years old.
More coverage and links:
- Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company
- Baltimore County Volunteer Fireman’s Association
- Baltimore County Press Release on the incident
- USFA Release on Mark Falkenhan
- Firefighter Close Calls