Mark Haudenschild II, a Washington Township volunteer firefighter who died in a tanker truck crash almost a year ago, will be recognized this morning at an annual ceremony for fallen firefighters.
The Fort Wayne Fire Department will host the ceremony that starts at 11 a.m. at the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial of Allen County. Haudenschilds name was engraved into a wall of the memorial at 1001 Wells St. in August.
Haudenschild died Nov. 11. He was the last firefighter to leave the firehouse in response to a brush fire in the 4300 block of Butler Road. He was hauling water to help fight the blaze that involved about an acre of woods, fire officials said.
When he tried to make a turn at Hillegas and Butler roads in northwest Fort Wayne, the tanker truck he was driving rolled several times. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck, which pinned him to the ground, fire officials said.
Haudenschild, 26, worked as a Comcast technician for six years and served with the Washington Township Fire Department for five years. As the departments assistant chief engineer, he was responsible for maintaining equipment and making sure others knew how to use it.
His death in the line of duty was the first in the departments 67-year history, fire officials said.
Nearly 1,000 friends, family members and emergency workers attended Haudenschilds funeral Nov. 17.
He was buried in Riverview Cemetery in Churubusco. He is survived by his wife and his son and daughter.