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5K to honor and celebrate local hero, Mark Hummeldorf, is Nov. 17
Mark Hummeldorf
Mark Hummeldorf was a Savannah firefighter.

#HonorMark 5K & kids fun run, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hutchinson Island will honor the memory of Marine, firefighter, and paramedic Mark Hummeldorf, who was killed in a car accident last November.

He left behind his young son, Chase, and pregnant wife, Angie, who has since given birth to daughter Emerson. Angie is a softball coach at Richmond Hill High School.

The race is supported by Savannah Union Fire Fighters, Service Brewing & Fleet Feet. Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are encouraged to sign up for this celebratory event at:

The race will start at 8:30 a.m. and registration cost is $30 per adult.

“We feel now is the time to honor and remember Mark,” said good friend, fellow firefighter and race organizer, Tyler Carlson. “This family-friendly event is planned to help lift Angie and her children up as we come to the anniversary of Mark’s tragic death.” 

“This community is better because of Mark, and not only do we honor him, we celebrate his life and legacy,” said Robert Milie, president of the Savannah Professional Fire Fighters.

All area fire departments, Marines, veterans, service members, paramedics, runners, crossfitters and others are encouraged to participate in the #HonorMark5k. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering, email

“Being a veteran myself, I feel it is important for Fleet Feet to support causes like this, honoring those we have lost. We are proud to support this race and celebratory event,” added Mike Nadeau, owner of Fleet Feet Savannah.

Hummeldorf was 33 when he died in an accident on Savannah's Southside.. He was born and raised in Cincinnati. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served with honor for four years. After deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in June of 2004, he participated in Operation Al Fajr in November 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq earning a Purple Heart.

In September 2005, he participated in the humanitarian operations in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina, and during the 2006 Lebanon War he assisted with noncombatant evacuation operations aboad the USS Whidbey. After discharge, Hummeldorf transitioned to public service as a firefighter. He served at SSFD, Savannah Fire Rescue 1, becoming a firefighter/paramedic, and most recently, with Parris Island Fire and Rescue.

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