Honoring Firefighter Mark Falkenhan
January 19, 2011 – LODD
Firefighter Mark Falkenhan,43
Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company. MD
Firefighter Falkenhan was operating as the acting lieutenant on Squad 303 at a 4 alarm structure fire. Upon their arrival, Firefighter Falkenhan and a second firefighter from Squad 303 deployed to the upper floors of the apartment building to conduct search and rescue operations. During these operations, Firefighter Falkenhan and his partner became trapped in a third floor apartment by rapidly spreading fire and smoke conditions. The second firefighter was able to self-egress the building by diving headfirst down a ladder on the front of the building. Firefighter Falkenhan declared a “MAYDAY” and implemented “MAYDAY” procedures, but was unable to escape or be rescued. Firefighter Falkenhan was located and removed from the third floor in the rear of the building. Resuscitative efforts began immediately upon removal and continued en route to the hospital. Firefighter Falkenhan succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Mark was a U.S. Secret Service Agent assigned to their training academy.