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Line of Duty Death - Firefighter Mark A. Graziano
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By Commissioner Timothy Hutchings
May 9, 2018

UPDATE 5/11, 2018 11:00 AM

ANY AGENCY WISHING TO SEND PERSONNEL AND APPARATUS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND

PLEASE REFER TO THE PROCESSION MAP WHICH IS ATTACHED TO THIS ARTICLE. SHUTTLES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RELAY PERSONNEL FROM THE

LINE UP TO THE VIEWING AND BACK.

UPDATE 05/10/2018 @ 2:23pm

VISITATION WILL BE AS FOLLOWS

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Monday May 14, 2018 at the City of Hudson Central Fire Station with full fire department honors.

7:00 pm - Services will be conducted by the Chaplains from the City of Hudson Fire Department and J.W. Hoysradt
Hose Co. #8

After the services a procession will be held for Firefighter Graziano from the Central Station to the Hoysradt Hose
station located at 515 Warren St. where Mark will be honored with his final call. The procession will proceed east
on Warren St, to Prospect Ave, Columbia St, Fairview Ave, Green St stopping briefly at his residence. The procession
will conclude at the Bates and Anderson - Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home.

After cremation, burial will be conducted at Cedar Park Cemetery. Time and date of burial will be announced.

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The City of Hudson Department of Fire regretfully announces the line of duty death of Firefighter Mark A. Graziano,
47 years old, of J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. #8. He is survived by his daughter Natalie, son Alan, Grandson Nicholas,
and his sisters Jennifer and Tammy. He was predeceased by his wife Deborah.

Mark was found unresponsive at his residence shortly after 8am today, less than 12 hours after responding to an
alarm of fire at 125 Warren St in the city. This was the second fire call Mark had answered in the 24 hours prior to
his passing.

Mark joined the Hudson Fire Department at age 14 as an Explorer and became a Firefighter at age 18 in 1989. Mark
was a past Captain and served as the Hudson Fire Department Medical Officer for several years.

Mark was also Charter member of Hudson Fire Department Dive/Rescue Team and served with the Columbia County
Hazardous Materials team.

He was awarded the Hudson Fire Department Life Saving Award in 2016 and honored by the Columbia County
Volunteer Firefighters Association for rescuing a drowning victim from Oakdale Lake in the city. Mark, in his capacity
of Rescue Diver located an adult male victim in 26 feet of water and removed him to Paramedics who successfully
resuscitated him.

The Hudson Fire Department is being assisted by the New York State Department of Homeland Security Fire Services
Division and the Columbia County Fire Coordinators office through this extremely difficult time.

Funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as they become available.

Please keep Mark, his family, and the members of our department in your prayers.

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City of Hudson firefighter Mark Graziano (on the nozzle) with firefighter Pete Wrigley at the Charlie's Corner fire at 5th & Warren Streets on February 25, 1990. (photo by BJ Pendergast)
City of Hudson firefighter Mark Graziano (on the nozzle) with firefighter Pete Wrigley at the Charlie's Corner fire at 5th & Warren Streets on February 25, 1990. (photo by BJ Pendergast)
Firefighter/Rescue Diver Mark Graziano directs another diver via rope signals while searching for a submerged van in Greene County on June 30th, 2016.
Firefighter/Rescue Diver Mark Graziano directs another diver via rope signals while searching for a submerged van in Greene County on June 30th, 2016.
 
Firefighter/Rescue Diver Mark Graziano (kneeling) and members of the City of Hudson Fire Dept Water Rescue Team received the "Firefighter of the Year Award" at the 2016 C.C.V.F.A. Convention.
Firefighter/Rescue Diver Mark Graziano (kneeling) and members of the City of Hudson Fire Dept Water Rescue Team received the "Firefighter of the Year Award" at the 2016 C.C.V.F.A. Convention.
Members of the City of Hudson Fire Dept Water Rescue Team receiving the "Firefighter of the Year Award" at the 2016 C.C.V.F.A. Convention.
Members of the City of Hudson Fire Dept Water Rescue Team receiving the "Firefighter of the Year Award" at the 2016 C.C.V.F.A. Convention.
 
Flag at Half Staff at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Photo provided by FEMA.
Flag at Half Staff at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Photo provided by FEMA.
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Comment Comment 9 Comment(s)

Rochelle Lentz May 09, 2018 at 10:02 PM
RIP Mark!! Always in our thoughts and remember Faith loves you grandpa Mark!!! We got it from here my friend


Venetia May 10, 2018 at 6:39 AM
Thank you so much for your kind words. Mark was a dedicated man. I'm proud to call him family! R.I.P. Mark.


Patrick Wemitt May 10, 2018 at 7:18 AM
Firefighter

here's to firefighters, all!

always at your beck and call

challenging a flaming hell at the ringing of a bell.

unknown heroes dressed in blue

they give up their lives for you

vigilant and unafraid

volunteer or city paid

pray for them as they go past

for every ride may be their last.



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Bryon Torchia May 10, 2018 at 10:06 AM
Sending prayers for you guys Mark was a great guy


Deborah Edwards May 10, 2018 at 2:53 PM
My condolences to his family. Very sorry.


Donna Gleason May 10, 2018 at 3:50 PM
Rest in peace, Mark. My prayers go out to his family.


Susan Goodsill May 10, 2018 at 4:18 PM
Mark, my sweetest friend in the whole world. You will always be in my heart and never, ever forgotten. You will be missed by many. Thank you for the many years of laughs and smiles and good times. Love you always.


Becky Siegel May 10, 2018 at 4:33 PM
To Jenn and family : All of here at the Town of Greenport have you in our thoughts and prayers.
To the fellow firefighters: The love and support is always shown to a member who has passed. A young man serving his community for so many years is to be commended and thanked for his service to the City and the Fire Company, Dive Team and Rescue.


Bettyann Race May 13, 2018 at 2:52 PM
RIP my loving friend Mark Graziano. You were an amazing firefighter,father, grandfather to Faith Lentz and Nick and an amazing true friend to me and many others. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten by any especially me



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