W.Va. firefighter killed in apparatus crash

Clover Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Mark Horwich was killed in a crash while responding to a structure fire

Duty Death: Mark Horwich - [Spencer, West Virginia]

End of Service: 01/11/2020

By Laura French

ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. — A West Virginia firefighter was killed Saturday in a fire truck crash while responding to a structure fire.

Clover Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Mark Horwich was en route to the fire when his truck went off the road, according to WSAZ. The cab of the fire truck was crushed in the collision.

“We are so grateful for our service personnel of all departments and are deeply moved by the loss of fireman Horwich in the line of duty,” the City of Spencer wrote in a post on Facebook. “We acknowledge the danger you put yourselves in when the call for help goes out and appreciate your sacrifice.”


Unfortunately our community has been no stranger to tragedy as of late, and Saturday, January 11, 2020, it struck again....

Posted by City Of Spencer, West Virginia on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Horwich was also a member of the Spencer Roane Volunteer Fire Department and the owner of Fire Station Software, which provides record-keeping software for fire departments. The city said flags would be lowered to half-staff from Monday through Friday following Horwich’s death.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice also sent condolences on Twitter.

“Our volunteer firefighters are some of the most incredible WVians we have, because they run toward danger to protect us – out of the goodness of their hearts,” Justice stated.

The cause of the Saturday afternoon crash is under investigation by authorities.


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