Firefighters remember their mentor and friend, Marc Titus

Firefighters remember their mentor and friend, Marc Titus


In a world full of fancy titles, Marc Titus was only interested in two simple ones: Dad and firefighter.

“He would be astonished by how much people thought of him,” said his friend and fellow Warren firefighter, Jeff Younkins, of the hundreds of firefighters who came to Warren Thursday from all over Ohio and the region for Titus’ funeral at W.D. Packard Music Hall.

Titus, 46, of Cortland, died a week ago in a freak accident, in which he drove his motorcycle into an overturned semi tractor trailer on dark stretch of state Route 11 near the King-Graves Road overpass.

“He was laid back. He was just a truly good guy,” agreed firefighter Shawn Peura, who worked side-by-side with Titus for close to 20 years.

Titus, president the past eight years of the Warren firefighters union, became known to firefighters, government officials and others in Ohio and beyond because of his forceful leadership on behalf of public employees last year on Senate Bill 5, which attempted to curtail the bargaining rights of public employees.

Read more in Friday’s Vindicator and

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