The IAFF is saddened to learn about the death of Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters (OAPFF) Secretary-Treasurer Mark Horton. Horton, 64, was on his way to an IAFF training seminar when he was killed in a car accident.
“Mark Horton was a great union leader and friend,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Horton family and our Ohio members during this difficult time.”
“He was a great friend and colleague, as solid as they come,” says 8th District Vice President Mark Sanders. “It was an honor to work with him on so many important issues. He will be missed.”
Horton joined the fire service in Elyria, Ohio, where he became a member of Elyria Local 474. As an active member of his local, he was known for always wanting to do more on behalf of his brothers and sisters, serving as Local 474 president for more than 20 years.
In 2004, Horton was elected OAPFF Secretary-Treasurer. Over the past 13 years, he also became one of the OAPFF’s most successful political activists. He worked hard to defeat Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated collective bargaining, pass cancer presumption and protect his members’ pensions.
“Brother Horton was a tireless advocate for Ohio members,” says OAPFF President Michael Taylor. “His leadership was essential as we fought some of the biggest battles our organization has ever faced. The OAPFF could not have accomplished all that it has without him.”
Horton was also very active in his community. In 2015, he was elected Sheffield Township Trustee.
Service information will be posted on the IAFF and the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters web sites as soon as it becomes available.