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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MD

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Paramdic Mark Falkenhan has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Baltimore County Fire Department. Mark was previously a career firefighter for Baltimore County from 1990 until 2006 when he left to work for the Secret Service as part of the Emergency Medicine Section at the James J. Rowley Training Center. Mark was not only responsible for providing emergency medicine, rescue and fire-fighting services at the training facility, but was responsible for training Secret Service agents and other critical response employees to respond to life threatening incidents. Mark leaves behind his wife and two young children and many friends and brothers. The last LODD deaths in Baltimore Co. occurred more than 26 years ago at a fire in Shiller’s Furniture store in Dundalk, where three firefighters were lost

Mark G. Falkenhan

Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 16+
Date of Incident: 01/19/2011
Time of Incident: 1818hrs
Date of Death: 01/19/2011

Fire Department: Baltimore County Fire Department - Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company
Address: 700 E Joppa RD, Towson, MD 21093
Fire Department Chief: John Hohman
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter Falkenhan died from injuries sustained when he became caught and trapped by rapidly progressing fire conditions in a multi-story residential apartment building.

Firefighter Falkenhan called a mayday about 20 minutes into the call. He was on the third floor, searching for fire victims. His partner was able to escape through a window on the third floor. Firefighters found Falkenhan near the balcony and delivered him to paramedics, who administered advanced life support measures and transported him to St. Joseph Medical Center.

Fire crews rescued two civilians who critically injured. An adult female was transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center, and an adult male was transported to Sinai Hospital.

The fire was contained by firefighters to a single garden-apartment building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.

Incident Location: Dowling Circle, Towson Crossing apartments.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Mark Falkenhan at
To date, ten firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; eight from incidents that occurred in 2011 and two from a previous years incident. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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