Update: Funeral arrangements made for fallen firefighter

West Virginia

UPDATE: 1/13/2020 @ 4:05 p.m.

ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WOWK) – Funeral arrangements have been made for a firefighter who lost his life while responding to a fire in Roane County.

The funeral service for firefighter Mark Horwich will be Saturday at noon in the auditorium at Roane County High School.

Family members hope that Mark’s children can witness the largest possible outpouring of honor and respect from family and friends, the community, and first responder families and service members.

Friends can visit from 11 a.m. to noon.

The burial will be at Ferrell Cemetery in the Looneyville area of Roane County.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Clover Volunteer Fire Department held a press conference today to address a tragedy that took the life of one of their own.

Hearts are heavy in Roane County following the death of 51-year-old volunteer firefighter Mark Horwich, who had twenty-plus years of service under his belt.

“He was a good, outstanding guy. He loved the fire service”, remarks Jason Conrad, Fire Chief for the Clover Volunteer Fire Department.

Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Horwich was on his way to a structure fire and crashed along Big Sandy Road in the Newton area.

He is being remembered as father of three, husband and a successful business owner of “Fire Station Software” that helps organize and record fire department information electronically.

“His program was able to interface with all that and do that just by using that software”, comments Bradley Scott of the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.

He lived in Nebraska before becoming a resident of Spencer, West Virginia.

Funeral arrangements are pending and the Roane County Sheriff’s Department continues its investigation into the crash.

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