Georgia firefighter and his wife killed in Tennessee tornadoes


BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. (WNCN) — Bloomingdale Fire is mourning the loss of one of their own who died along with his wife when tornadoes up to 140 mph touched down in East Tennessee early Wednesday.

Mark Faulk Jr. and his wife Saundra were killed by a tornado in the town of Ocoee, located in Polk County, Tennessee Wednesday morning.

There’s not much information on what happened, but what is known is that they were in a mobile home when it was devastated by a tornado between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday Morning.

Mark was a lifelong citizen of Bloomingdale, a long haul trucker, and an active member of the Bloomingdale Fire Department, which is northwest of Savannah.

His father was one of Bloomingdale’s original firefighters, and according to Chief Ferman Tyler, Faulk has been with the department since he was a young man.

The National Weather Service says an EF-3 tornado touched down overnight in Polk County.

Also in Polk County, 50 buildings, including a U.S. Post Office and local fire station, were severely damaged or destroyed. Multiple other people went to the hospital.

Heath Stone in Ocoee told WDEF-TV that new the victims who died.

“They were real good people; real good people. As a matter of fact, the man, he had just came in for the week on leave,” Stone said.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says the National Weather Service confirmed two other touchdowns: an EF-1 in Coffee County with winds around 105 miles per hour, and an EF-2 with winds from 111 to 135 miles per hour in McMinn County.

McMinn County reported at least 20 injuries with more than 30 structures damaged or destroyed.

Officials say nine Tennessee counties were hit by severe weather from Tuesday overnight into Wednesday.— WSAV and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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