Volunteer Firefighter Killed in Md. Blaze Worked for Secret Service

By Kathy Banks
|  Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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Volunteer Firefighter Killed in Md. Blaze Worked for Secret Service

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A volunteer firefighter who died while battling a blaze near Baltimore Wednesday night was an employee of the U.S. Secret Service.

Mark Falkenhan got trapped inside a three-story apartment building that caught fire in Parkville, Md. He died at a hospital.

Falkenhan was retired from the Baltimore County Fire Department and volunteered with the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company.
 
 
He joined the Secret Service in 2006, and worked as an emergency services specialist.
 
 
U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said in a statement that “Mark’s devotion to public service was indicative of the strength of character he possessed and we share in the grief of his loss.”
 
The fire department described him as “well-known and well-liked.”
 
Falkenhan was apparently one of many Secret Service employees who volunteer their off-duty time to local fire and emergency rescue departments.

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