Volunteer Firefighter’s Family Will Get Benefits

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 – Jenny Glick
The Baltimore County council has approved a pension benefit for the family of the volunteer firefighter who was killed while fighting a fire in January. Previously there were no pension benefits for volunteer firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Tuesday night the County Council approved legislation to benefit 43-year-old Mark Falkenhan’s wife and two young children. The new legislation allows families of volunteer firefighters who were previously employed by the county, to collect a portion of the salary the firefighter earned while working for the county.

Falkenhan was a career Baltimore County firefighter for sixteen years. He retired in 2006 to work for the secret service, but continued to work as a volunteer firefighter. David Marks, fifth district county council-member, says the vote last night was unanimous for the new benefit.


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