Funeral Today For Fallen Firefighter; Procession To Cause Traffic Delays

Monday, January 24, 2011 – Robert Lang
Funeral Services take place today for a volunteer firefighter killed last week battling a four-alarm apartment fire in Hillendale.

Mark Falkenhan was a member of the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department.

He died Wednesday after he was trapped in a burning building.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Cathederal of Mary Our Queen.

Burial takes place at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Hundreds turned out during the weekend of Falkenhan’s viewing.

Falkenhan has been a paramedic with the Baltimore County Fire Department for 16 years.  Five years ago he went to work for the U.S. Secret Service as a trainer.  He remained a volunteer firefighter.

Falkenhan will also receive the fire department’s Medal of Honor posthumously.

Fire Chief John J. Hohman says, “Mark Falkenhan was an intelligent, committed firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is an understatement to say that he has earned these honors.” 

The Medal of Honor will be presented to Falkenhan’s family in a ceremony on March 22.

The Baltimore County Police Department is advising motorists of the following traffic delays for the funeral procession which will impact traffic between 12:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. today.

After leaving the Cathedral, the procession will proceed from the parking lot northbound onto Charles Street and turn westbound on Northern Parkway.

It will then proceed west on Northern Parkway and enter onto northbound of the Jones Falls Expressway.

It will proceed to the inner loop of Route 695, and stay in the slow lane and then go onto northbound I-83.

It will then proceed to Padonia Road. Once on Padonia Road it will proceed to the entrance of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

There will be “No Parking” signs posted along Padonia Road east of the cemetery entrance.

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