Final Farewell For Local Fallen Hero (Photos)

By Stephanie Parkinson
By Chris Darby

November 17, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – It was a difficult and emotional day Friday for the family of Mark Haudenschild, II as they said farewell to a fallen hero.

Friday a visitation was held at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home on DuPont Road in Fort Wayne for the 26-year-old Washington Township firefighter who was killed in the line of duty Sunday.

As the family grieves they say the outpouring support from the community has been helping them through.

"I couldn't believe it. It's all for him, but it's all how he would have wanted it,” said Angela Starr Haudenschild, Mark's sister.

"It broke us up you know when we'd go by and people would have flags and signs saying that, you know you'll never be forgotten or thanks for your service kind of thing,” said Chief Brian Gillett, Washington Township Fire Department.

The 26-year-old leaves behind a wife, 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter.

"He definitely loves his kids. Them little ones are, were his life, them and Janet, his wife, were his life,” said Angela.

Haudenschild was known for being ‘Mr. Fix It’ by his family and even his fellow firefighters. One if his responsibilities, at the Washington Township Fire Department, was doing maintenance on some of the rigs.

"Mark, you know Mark was a young man and was willing to put it out there for his community and unfortunately driving a fire truck or a police car or an ambulance is one of the most dangerous things we do,” said Gillett.

Haudenchilds family and friends are grieving but are also trying to remember the good times.

"He just always had a smile on his face, no matter what, no matter what was going on he always had bright red cheeks and a smile on,” said Angela.

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