MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The top man at the West Virginia University Extension Service says this week’s death of firefighter training coordinator Mark Doty is a tremendous blow to their programs.
“It’s such a huge loss. He was so talented,” said Interim Extension Director Steven Bonanno. “Mark was very dedicated to the WVU fire service extension and the West Virginia fire fighters.”
Doty was killed when his ATV overturned as he was hauling lumber out of the driveway of his home in Marshall County. Doty was well known and well liked all across the state. Bonnano said he was the key reason WVU’s fire fighter training academy had grown so much in the past few years.
“When he started with WVU we were teaching about 2,000 people annually,” said Bonnano. “Under Mark’s leadership our fire service extension instructors have taught over 18,000 fire fightters already this year.”
Doty is credited with growing the training facility at WVU and creating national fire fighter instructional programs.
Funeral arrangements for Doty are incomplete.