MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. — The program coordinator of the WVU Fire Extension Service was killed in an ATV accident Wednesday morning in Marshall County. 

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Mark Doty was well-known and respected in the firefighting community.

The extension service confirmed Mark Doty died in the crash that occurred at about 7:30 a.m.

Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil said Doty was hauling lumber away from his driveway along Birch Ridge when the ATV apparently had some kind of mechanical problem. The ATV went over an embankment and struck a pine tree. The machine ended up on a paved road at the bottom of the embankment. Doty died of a severe head injury.

Doty and his family are well-known in firefighting circles across West Virginia and in other states. Acting state Fire Marshal Tony Carrico told MetroNews it was tragic news to hear.

“He was very progressive and proactive in training. He believed strongly that firefighters and the first responders community deserved only the best, and he strived to attain that at WVU Fire Extension,” Carrico said.

Doty worked with fire training programs in and outside of West Virginia, assisting up to 5,000 workers annually.

Carrico said Doty had firefighting in his blood with a long family history of volunteering in Wetzel County.

“He was down-to-earth,” Carrico said. “If you wanted to get your mind off of firefighting or training you could talk about any subject. He was just a real nice fella. It was my pleasure.”

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  • Sean McCarty

    Mark you will be missed. Prayers to your family from Newton Vol. Fire Department and my family.

  • Gary Bonnett, President WV State Fire Chiefs Association

    Having known Mark since he has worked at the Academy and working closely with him since he became Director, I want to echo everyones sentiments. Mark and I had a lot of great conversations on ways to better the fire service. It takes time and money to implement these programs. He had plans in place with an advisory board to start working on some of these programs. He was a great leader and a visionary. Hopefully some of these programs will be put in place. He will be missed tremendously by his family and members of the fire service.

  • Darren

    Mark was truly exceptional in many ways. He was outstanding in his devotion to the fire service. He will be greatly missed.

  • Bill D.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. He was a great leader as well as a person. He was leading the WVU State Fire Academy is a positive and forward direction.
    He will truly be missed statewide.

  • pam doty

    mark made the doty's proud...

    • Paul

      I went to high school with him, played football with him and his mother was a teacher in our school. He will be missed around the community and state. Hopefully his family is doing good and we all remember all the great things he accomplished in his life.

  • Don

    Prayers go out to the family and friends from Pinch Volunteer Fire Department. We were lucky to have had a couple junior firefighters attend the camp the last couple of years. They learned a lot and had a great time. Thank you

  • anonymous

    My question for "say wat". Do you blame the victim of a drive by shooting for not wearing body armor ? Karma is something you should be aware of

  • Guess Who

    A fine man to work for, and work with. Had devotion, dedication and a vision that his instructors will see through. Will not be easy to move forward, but it will be done, out of one of the greatest virtues in the fire service.... RESPECT !

  • Rick

    Greatly missed! He was taken from us way too soon. Very few had the passion that Mark had for the Fire Service. RIP

  • PhotoBoothe

    Deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • katie

    Mark Doty was a great instructor. I had the privilege of attending Jr Firefighter Camp for two years under his direction & I am forever greatful to have known him. I only wish to have had more time with such a knowledgeable instructor. RIP Director, we can take it from here♥


    Condolences and sincere sympathy to family and friends from us in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. Sounds like we have lost another fine West Virginian citizen.

  • Jay

    Well Boss, I will miss you a whole lot. Mark was a great person, instructor, and boss. He will be truly missed forever.

  • A brother firefighter

    Mark you will be greatly missed. Prayers to your family

  • Jerry Mounts

    The fire service in our great state of West Virginia lost a valuable asset today.