Mark A. Haudenschild II's name was etched in the cold hard granite of the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial of Allen County on Monday morning on Wells Street.
Haudenschild's father, Mark I, and sister, Amber, were there to assist with the etching. After some brief instructions from Stewart Cox, of Affordable Granite, the senior Haudenschild knelt before the black obelisk and using a sand blaster began going over the stencil of his son's name.
Haudenschild II, 25, a Washington Township Fire Department volunteer and assistant chief engineer died Nov. 11 after the tanker truck he was driving to a brush fire rolled over. He left behind Janet, his wife of five years, along with a 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter.
Monday morning, standing 10 feet back from the memorial, Amber Haudenschild, watched as her father worked on the stone. She said the past nine months have been hard, but Janet has had the support of her family, friends and Washington Township firefighters.
After his death in November, all five flags at the memorial flew at half-staff in honor of Haudenschild II. .Jerry Vanderveer, memorial president, said the memorial represents 10 police agencies and all Fort Wayne, Southwest and volunteer firefighters in Allen County. From Monday on, Haudenschild II's name will be a permanent reminder of the sacrifice he made during his volunteer service.
Brian Gillett, Washington Township fire chief, said after the accident Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted a full investigation and said the fire department should implement mandatory training for its drivers. In March the department's insurance company sent in a trainer. Gillett said although driver's training for volunteer fire departments is not required under state or county law, from here on out it will be his department's policy to do so.
The etching on the memorial was expected to be finished by Monday afternoon.