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Distinguished fireman killed in ATV crash

Updated: Friday, September 20 2013, 05:06 PM EDT

By: NEWS9 and Philip Stahl


Firefighters are mourning the loss of a beloved colleague who was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Marshall County earlier this week.

Lt. Mark Doty was a distinguished volunteer firefighter in Paden City who started helping out in the department as a teenager.

On Friday, flags flew at half-staff for him in the city, hook #5 had no coat or hat on it, a wreath decorated Paden City’s fire engine and angel’s wings were stickered on fellow firefighters’ hats. 

Fire Capt. Charles Racer said Doty was a people-person who was known by everyone in town.

“Mark became a junior fireman at the age of 16, but before that, he lived across the street. So when his dad would come across the street when the pagers went off, Mark would just come behind him with him. … We had to be careful when we left to see that Mark wasn't too close or in one of the trucks. He would help with everything,” Racer said.

His fellow colleagues said Doty was their brother and best friend.

"It was a shock, We didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t know it was real, and then it came to light of what happened,” said Tim Stanley, a Paden City volunteer firefighter.

Stanley said Doty talked to everyone and even taught 18,000 students this year through West Virginia University as a training coordinator.

“He was nationally known through WVU Fire Service Extension. He taught several students throughout the years. He greatly improved the Fire Service Extension,” Stanley said.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets on Saturday for Doty’s funeral. His colleagues said there won’t be anyone that can replace him; they’re just thankful for the memories and grateful for his hard work.

"It’s going to be a rough time for us, but we’ll get through it. We’re firefighters and members of a brotherhood,” Racer said.

Distinguished fireman killed in ATV crash

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