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Old 07-29-2009, 19:51
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Default LOOD- Mark McCormack, Santa Clara County Fire

While fighting a structure fire in February 2005, Captain Mark McCormack came in contact with an energized electrical wire, the first line of duty death in the history of the Santa Clara County Fire Department. Brother McCormack had spent the previous 16 years pursuing a career as a firefighter and paramedic with Orange County, CDF Riverside County and San Mateo County, and since 1999 had been with Santa Clara County. He was promoted to Captain in December 2004. Mark was 36 years old, and is survived by his wife of 16 years, Heather. He loved being a firefighter and wouldn’t trade it for anything

With a sea of blue uniforms and red eyes, 3,000 firefighters, community members, family and friends bid farewell Saturday to Santa Clara County Fire Capt. Mark McCormack, remembering the 36-year-old for his winning smile, optimism and devotion to his family and profession.

McCormack became the first casualty in his department's 58-year history Feb. 13, when he was electrocuted by a downed power line at a Los Gatos home while fighting a blaze sparked by a Lunar New Year shrine.

"After this, we will all change. We have been humbled," Santa Clara County Fire Chief Benjamin F. Lopes III told the crowd at San Jose's HP Pavilion, recalling words he'd heard one of McCormack's fellow firefighters say at the scene where he died.

McCormack's body was carried to the arena in a procession of 105 fire trucks from as far away as Oregon and Los Angeles. Afterward, nearly 200 fire vehicles lined nearby streets, their red and white paint stark against a rainy, steel-gray sky. One had its window inscribed with McCormack's name and the words, "The Ultimate Sacrifice."

2005- A Full Honors Procession and Memorial was held on Saturday, February 19, 2005, for fallen Santa Clara County Fire Captain Mark F. McCormack, who was tragically killed Sunday, February 13, 2005, when he came into contact with an energized electrical wire while fighting a four-alarm house fire in Los Gatos.
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