Funeral arrangements set for Parris Island firefighter killed in crash

Funeral arrangements set for Parris Island firefighter killed in crash
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Parris Island Fire Department confirms a firefighter and paramedic was killed in a serious crash Wednesday morning on Savannah's Southside.

Parris Island Assistant Fire Chief of Operations Michael Keller said firefighter and paramedic Mark Hummeldorf, 33, was killed.

"Mark was a great person overall," said Mike Dodd, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Georgia. "He was a great firefighter. He had a lot of honor, respect, and commitment not only to the fire department here, but the fire department of Parris Island where he went after he left Savannah, but then also for the Marine Corps.

Savannah Fire and Emergency Services said Hummeldorf worked with the department for five years from April 2011 to May 2016 as an advanced firefighter.

Assistant Chief William Handy was Hummeldorf's battalion chief in 2016, and released this statement Wednesday:

"Former Savannah Fire & Emergency Services Advanced Firefighter Mark Hummeldorf worked with our department and served the citizens of Savannah for over 5 years.  During his time on the department Mark was assigned to Rescue 1. Because he desired to help others even more, he joined the Technical Rescue Team. There he achieved many certifications including National Professional Qualifications as a Rope Rescue Technician, NPQ Confined Space Rescue Technician and Rescue Diver, just to name a few.  Mark carried himself in a way that drew others to him. He was always the first to jump in to help no matter what the need, whether it was on or off the job. Mark loved to joke with his coworkers. He always had a smile on his face and the personality to match. Although he loved the fire service and helping others, his first true love was for his family. In 2016 Mark moved on from Savannah Fire Department to continue following his passion in the fire service as a Parris Island Firefighter. His extended family from Savannah Fire & Emergency Services will forever enjoy the memories and experiences we shared with Mark. Most importantly, during this difficult time we want to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said the crash happened around 5:45 a.m. on Highway 204/Abercorn Street at Rio Road, and three vehicles were involved. Police said a woman traveling eastbound on Abercorn Street suddenly crossed lanes, hit Hummeldorf's car and forced it into westbound traffic. Hummeldorf then hit a third car.

Hummeldorf was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries. Police said the other two people involved in the crash received non-life-threatening injuries.

Dodd said it's an unbelievable loss.

"When I heard, and I think it resonates with everybody, is everybody had a sinking feeling in their stomach that somebody that is too young and [had] so much more to go in his life and his career and with his family is gone. He was the type of person that even if everybody's having a bad or he's having a bad day, he always seemed to make it upbeat and never seemed to let things get to him. Just a great person that'll be missed."

Dodd said Hummeldorf was completely dedicated to his family. He said Hummeldorf had a young son and another child on the way.

"Missing somebody like Mark is a big blow to everybody's effort and everybody will be sad because he's gone," he said.

A visitation for Hummeldorf has been scheduled for Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Carter's Funeral Home in Richmond Hill. The funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Richmond Hill.

If you'd like to help, visit the GoFundMe page set up by the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association.

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