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Tribute to Mark King

NASEMSO News Release
Oct. 6, 2006

It is with sadness that we report the death of Mark King, State EMS Director for West Virginia. 

The National Association of State EMS Officials’ 2006 Annual Meeting was held this week in Charleston, West Virginia.  Mark and his staff were key contacts at the meeting being held in his state capital.  He passed away on Oct. 4, 2006, at his residence. On Thursday, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III participated in a memorial service for Mark held at the conference.

A funeral service for Mark King will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at Milton Middle School Gymnasium. Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery. (photo gallery)

Mark was the director of the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, a division of the W. Va. Department of Health and Human Resources. He held this position since 1995. 

Mark served on six NHTSA State EMS System Reassessment Teams in Nebraska, Connecticut, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. He is a member at the Atlantic EMS Council and the Trauma Information and Exchange Program Board for the American Trauma Society. 

Mark also served as an officer in the United States Army, where he served as a Battalion Assistant Operations  Officer with the 2/64 Armor and 3/64 Armor Battalion in Schweinfurt, Germany.

He was a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. 

Mark is survived immediately by three children, his mother, and one brother.

NASEMSO expresses sympathy to Mark's family, friends, and colleagues.