On June 5, 2011, the Maryland Fire-Rescue Services Memorial Foundation held its sixth annual memorial service for firefighting and rescue personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of Maryland. The service was held at the Maryland Emergency Services Memorial Park on Calvert Street in Annapolis.
Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Falkenhan of the Lutherville (MD) Volunteer Fire Company and Middle River Rescue Company (both in Baltimore County) was added to the Wall of Honor. Falkenhan was killed in the line of duty while searching for trapped occupants at an apartment fire on January 19th, 2011.
“Mark is exactly why this memorial was created six years ago,” said President Gene Worthington in announcing the service. “Although we never want to add more names to this most sacred location, we owe it to every emergency responder who has ever lost their life in the line of duty to never forget their sacrifice and more importantly, their service. We add his name this weekend as a fitting and enduring tribute to his life of service above self.”
Fire Chief John Robert Ray of the Anne Arundel County (MD) Fire Department served as this year’s keynote speaker.
The Maryland Fire-Rescue Memorial is a commemorative park that includes a sculpture and memorial wall etched with the names of more than 400 individuals from across the state, inviting visitors and families to draw close together. The sculptor is Mr. Rodney Carroll of Baltimore, Maryland. Additional information is available at www.mdfirerescuehero.org.