Mark Eugene Miller, Lieutenant

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Lieutenant Miller and another firefighter were at a local lake testing some new diving equipment that had been purchased by the Laconia Fire Department. Lieutenant Miller had worn the suit at least 8 times before.Lieutenant Miller was not tethered to the other diver as they began their dive in open water. The divers did not intend to make any part of the dive under ice. The divers gave each other a â01Cthumbs upâ01D to surface. The firefighter training with Lieutenant Miller surfaced, but Lieutenant Miller failed to surface.A search was begun immediately but had to be stopped on account of darkness after approximately 4 hours. The search began again in the morning, and Lieutenant Millerâ019s body was recovered at about 1300hrs.A New Hampshire Marine Patrol investigation did not cite any procedural errors, and it did not find that any health condition or substance caused the accident.Lieutenant Millerâ019s dream was to establish a dive rescue team for his department. After his death, the fire chief pledged to make the team a reality. The team went into operation by the fall of 2004 thanks to the efforts of many and the support of the community.

Department information

Laconia Fire Department
848 North Main St.
Laconia, New Hampshire 03246

Chief: Kenneth Erickson

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Mark Eugene Miller was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 43
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: March 11, 2004 14:45
Date of death: March 11, 2004
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Drowning
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Memorial fund information

Firefighter Miller Family Relief Fund, C/o Laconia Saving Bank, 62 Pleasant St. Laconia, NH 03246 Tele. (603) 524-1212.; Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund, C/o Laconia Fire Department, 848 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246