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    LODD Phoenix firefighter Mark Carter

    Phoenix firefighter dies in line of duty
    Jordan LaPier
    The Arizona Republic
    Jun. 4, 2007 04:54 PM

    Phoenix firefighter Mark Carter died Monday after he collapsed on the job.

    Fellow firefighters were unable to revive the 16-year veteran of the force, authorities said Monday.

    Fire department officials said that Carter, a fire engineer and paramedic, worked in some of the busiest areas and that he had responded to several emergency calls earlier in the day.

    Fire department officials believe that Carter suffered from some sort of medical condition, however, the exact cause of death is unknown pending an investigation by the Medical Examiner's office.

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    Firefighters mourn comrade's death

    Firefighters mourn comrade's death
    Erin Zlomek and Jordan LaPier
    The Arizona Republic
    Jun. 5, 2007 12:00 AM

    About 20 Phoenix firefighters sought grief counseling Monday evening in the lobby of the Mayo Clinic Hospital as they waited to escort the body a fallen comrade to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office.

    Mark Carter, a 16-year Phoenix Fire Department veteran, died Monday afternoon while on duty. Fire officials believe a medical condition lead to his death.

    Carter, who was in his late 40s, grabbed lunch with his crew of three other fire fighters around noon before collapsing in the restaurant where his co-workers were unable to revive him, said department spokesman Mike Sandulak. Carter was pronounced dead at the hospital about 1 p.m.


    Throughout the day, fire department employees visited the hospital to pay respect and learn more about the circumstances surrounding Carter's collapse, said Fire Chief Bob Khan. However the examiner's office is not expected to determine a definitive cause for at least two days, he said.

    Khan said firefighting is known to cause heart problems and said there may have been a correlation between that trend and Carter's death.

    "If you look across the nation at firefighter deaths, a good portion of those fatalities are cardiac-related. What we do takes an everyday toll on our cardiovascular systems. The highs and lows of an emergency response are not easy to handle."

    To monitor problems, Phoenix firefighters participate in a wellness program. Khan said Carter's last physical was in January, and no problems were recorded.

    Kahn described Carter as the picturesque firefighter, a "gruff, rugged individual with quick smile."

    Carter's supervisor, Captain Brian Nalley, said it was his sense of humor and strong work ethic that stood out among others. Nalley said department employees stood around trading "Mark stories" before seeing "a brother" off.

    Carter, a longtime paramedic, took on a leadership role as a fire engineer about two years ago. He fought some of the city's biggest blazes and worked out of fire station 37 on 40th Street and Bell Road for the past eight months, Khan said.

    His co-workers took the news of his death pretty hard, Sandulak said.

    "This is very tough on our firefighters," Sandulak said. "They go out every day to save lives, and now they had to try and save the life of one of their own. You don't get over something like this."

    Khan said he is recording Carter's death as taking place in the line of duty, which means Carter will receive a traditional firefighters' procession at his funeral.

    Carter is survived by his wife Leah who lives in Northern Arizona, a daughter in Houston and a stepdaughter in Phoenix, Khan said.

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    Funeral services for Mark Carter

    Funeral services for Mark Carter are scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. at Valley Cathedral Church in Phoenix, Ariz.


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    Phoenix firefighter's funeral today

    Phoenix firefighter's funeral today
    Beth Duckett
    The Arizona Republic
    Jun. 9, 2007 07:53 AM

    Funeral services for Mark Carter, a 16-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department who passed away this week, are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Valley Cathedral Church, 6225 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

    Though public seating is limited, supporters from can join in a traditional memorial procession after the services from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The procession route begins at the church and heads west on Bethany Home Road to Seventh Avenue. It travels south on Seventh Avenue to Van Buren Street heading west, finishing at Greenwood Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St.

    Carter, in his early 50s, died Monday after collapsing on a lunch break. He was on duty as a paramedic engineer for Fire Station No. 37 on 40th Street and Bell Road when he passed away.


    Officials are still figuring the cause of death, which could have been related to cardiac problems, said Phoenix Fire Department Division Chief Mike Sandulak.

    Many of Carter's co-workers were shaken by his death, Sandulack added.

    "He was one of those guys who just comes to work every day . . . just did a solid job every day, every shift," Sandulack said.

    Carter is survived by his wife Leah who lives in Northern Arizona, and a daughter and stepdaughter, officials said.

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    Phoenix firefighter remembered

    Phoenix firefighter remembered
    Beth Duckett and Lynh Bui
    The Arizona Republic
    Jun. 9, 2007 07:53 AM

    Hundreds of firefighters from across the Valley gathered Saturday to remember 16-year Phoenix Fire Department veteran Mark Carter.

    Carter, 53, died Monday afternoon after he collapsed during lunch with three other firefighters.

    He was remembered Saturday for his sense of humor and dedication to community service.



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