There were tears, stories, prayers and even a few laughs Thursday evening as those closest to Mark Falkenhan acknowledged the
The lights from fire trucks illuminated the at the in Timonium.
The volunteers, some draped in fire fighting gear, stood around a memorial wreath to say a few words about their fallen friend. They hung their heads. They prayed. They joked about the .
"You guys are my family. I love you guys," said Falkenhan's oldest son Christian, 14, at the close of the intimate gathering.
With that, Falkenhan's family gave one last slow salute before heading back to the station for a meal held in his honor.
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