Northern Michigan Firefighter Dies, Leaving Big Footprint On Community

Many say a local volunteer firefighter did it all and helped everyone in need.

Mark Huntley unexpectedly died last week, now his community is trying to help his family.

Richfield Township is holding a benefit dinner tonight to raise money for Huntley’s family. The 53-year-old died of a heart attack one week ago today.

Mark dedicated his life to helping as many people as possible. And he did so by becoming a firefighter, reserve police officer, and part of the Community Emergency Response Team. The hardest part about his death, Huntley’s own department responded to his house after his heart attack. “We kind of knew where we were going based on the age but  no one was anticipating it or in the least bit expecting it,” says Lt. Cindy Finkbeiner, Richfield Township Public Safety.

Mark was transferred to several hospitals for complications before he died. He didn’t have health insurance. The community raised more than $6,000 already with a creative boot drive. They say even though Mark liked to play the lotto, in the end, they are the lucky ones to have known him.

The benefit dinner goes until 9 tonight at the Firehouse Bar in Saint Helen. If you missed the event and want to still donate, send your donations to Township Hall, 1410 N. St. Helen Rd., St. Helen.