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The purpose of the #HonorMark initiative is to carry on a local hero’s legacy of service and sacrifice by giving back to the community he served through charitable donations.
Mark Edward Hummeldorf served our nation in the armed forces with the Marine Corps for 4 years and as a firefighter/paramedic for Southside Fire and EMS, Savannah Fire Rescue, and Parris Island Fire Rescue. During his time in the Marine Corps, Mark was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery, which he also exemplified daily in his actions as a first responder. Unfortunately, our community lost this hero on November 22, 2017 when Mark was tragically taken from us at the young age of 33; he left behind his beautiful wife and two wonderful children.
Call to action:
Mark’s enthusiastic attitude and service before self would want us to put our running shoes on and join his family for our 3rd annual 5k run. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, we are not able to physically come together to celebrate and honor Mark and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. With that being said, we invite everyone to sign up for the virtual run to continue the tradition we have started. Once you receive your shirt and complete your 5k walk/run/ruck, share your times and post a picture with the hashtag #HonorMark5k and #Saytheirname! All proceeds go to the local community as well as helping to provide for Mark’s family. Mark may be off duty, but you’re not! Join the fun and register today!
UPDATE: As stated in our mission statement, the #HonorMark foundation strives to give back to the community and families of first responders and military in need. We are humbled to share that #HonorMark has made two donations to families battling unfathomable challenges this year so far.
On February 25th, #HonorMark visited with one of Savannah Fire’s very own, Alex Williams. Alex was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer, paraganglioma, back in December 2019. He and his family traveled relentlessly back and forth to Emory Hospital in Atlanta where his treatments and surgery took place. #HonorMark without hesitation felt we needed to help however we could. Following Alex’s return to Savannah post-surgery, #HonorMark gave the Williams’ family $1000 towards medical bills and expenses. Alex since then has been recovering and getting back to his normal routine!
Earlier this year, the Savannah Fire family and community received heartbreaking news. Another one of our own, Captain Matthew Kelly of Rescue 1, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Captain Kelly holds a special place in #HonorMark’s heart because he was Mark’s captain when Mark was assigned to Rescue 1. Captain Kelly fought for 5 months before losing his battle with pancreatic cancer on May 4th, 2020. #HonorMark donated $1000 to Captain Kelly and his family two months before he passed. If you knew Captain Kelly, he did not want to take the donation but in the end, he and his family were very thankful. #HonorMark also sponsored two people to participate in a cornhole tournament event for Captain Kelly back in March. The Knights of Columbus held this tournament and raised over $10,000 for the Kelly’s.
Lastly, we have mentioned that a percentage of the money raised each year would go to a college fund for Chase and Emerson. The committee has decided that each year 30% of the money raised (15% each) will go to towards their college. Combined from 2018 and 2019, Chase and Emerson each have $3900 in their college funds. Without the support of #HonorMark’s family and friends, the community, first responders and military, none of this would be possible. We want to give a huge thank you to everyone and we are excited for what the future years hold with #HonorMark.
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