The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Daily Cam­era

The town of Fire­stone on Wed­nes­day re­tired Mark Martinez’s pub­lic works truck num­ber — 32 — to honor the well-liked pub­lic works fore­man who was killed when his home ex­ploded in April.

“He was an ex­cel­lent em­ployee,” Fire­stone Pub­lic Works di­rec­tor Theo Abkes said. “I never had to worry about Mark. Any­thing he was as­signed, he com­pleted with a smile on his face.”

Martinez, who worked for the town for about nine years, and his brother-in­law, Joey Ir­win, both 42, died af­ter nat­u­ral gas flow­ing from a sev­ered un­der­ground line filled the base­ment of the house and ig­nited.

Martinez’s wife, Erin Martinez — who is Ir­win’s sis­ter — was se­ri­ously in­jured. A child who has not been pub­licly iden­ti­fied also was hurt.

Abkes pre­sented Erin Martinez and Mark Martinez’s par­ents with plaques com­mem­o­rat­ing the re­tire­ment of his truck num­ber at a cer­e­mony at Fire­stone’s pub­lic works build­ing.

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