BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County firefighter killed in the line of duty receives a rare, posthumous award for making the ultimate sacrifice.

Kai Jackson was there for the emotional ceremony honoring Mark Falkenhan.

The Baltimore County Fire Department says Falkenhan was focused on public service.  Tuesday night, he was honored for giving his life to save others.

On a frigid January night, Falkenhan, a firefighter with the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, rushed inside a burning Hillendale apartment building alongside his colleagues.  They say Falkenhan acted with his usual professionalism and passion.

As Falkenhan—a firefighter and Secret Service agent—tried to save lives, he lost his own.  Tuesday night, he was honored for his bravery and sacrifice.  His widow, Gladys, and two sons accepted the award and a family friend spoke on their behalf.

“Mark would be humbled,” said Captain Stephen Hardesty.

Young people considering a career in public service are learning a valuable lesson from Falkenhan’s example.

“[He did] a lot for the community,” said Kristina Massaker.

In addition to the awards, 85 promotions were given to career fire and EMS personnel.

Comments (2)
  1. pigeon says:

    Well deserved. From the daughter and sister of firefighters, my prayers are with you, Mrs. Falkenhan, and your sons. God Bless!

  2. Will Keller says:

    It would help if you gave the name of the award.

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