TOWN HONORS EXPLOSION VICTIM, RETIRES TRUCK NUMBER
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.