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Funeral arrangements set for Washington Township firefighter

Procession route still being finalized.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 8:35 am

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a Washington Township volunteer firefighter who died in a crash while responding to a call.

Funeral services for Mark Haudenschild II are set for Friday and Saturday, with procession routes expected to be released today. A viewing is scheduled for Friday from 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the D.O. McComb Funeral Home location at 1320 East Dupont Road.

Another viewing will be held Saturday from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. at The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road South, with the funeral service immediately following. Haudenschild will be laid to rest at Riverview Cemetery in Churubusco, located at 11425 Carroll Road.

Haudenschild, 25, died Sunday night after the tanker truck he was driving crashed as he drove to the scene of a brush fire.

No firefighter had died in the line of duty in the department’s 67-year history, Washington Township Fire Chief Brian Gillett said Monday. Haudenschild leaves behind his wife, Janet, and their two children, ages 3 and 1, Gillett said.

Authorities said Monday that Haudenschild was going south on Hillegas Road at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday and started to turn west onto Butler Road when the tanker truck – which carries about 3,500 gallons of water – overturned and rolled several times.

Haudenschild was thrown from the truck as it rolled. He was pronounced dead at about 11:15 p.m., according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office.