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Irvington Fire Department training officer was ‘all in’ for the community | Local News

ByJanice K. Merrill

Feb 24, 2022

In a life too short, 41-year-old Mark Hulbert was on the job, at the Irvington Volunteer Fire Department, and with his family.


In 12 years with Irvington, Hulbert responded to 3,656 emergency calls and was named Firefighter of the Year three times. For the past two years, he has been responsible for the department’s training.

“All he did will be missed because he was always involved in everything we did,” Fire Chief Nolan Paulson said. “If anyone had a problem or had a question about the training, they would drop whatever they were doing to help.”

Hulbert died Monday of pancreatic cancer, his brother, Lee Hulbert of Omaha, said. Members of the Irvington Department and firefighters from several surrounding communities formed a procession to escort his body from Methodist Hospital at 84th and Dodge Streets to Forest Lawn Funeral Home at 7909 Mormon Bridge Road.

“There were also a lot of people along the road,” said his brother. “It was a really nice thing for them to do.”

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Paulson said Hulbert exemplified the community spirit of volunteer firefighters. In addition to being the training officer, he was always on hand for the department with his honor guard, driving trucks in parades, handing out Halloween candy, hosting summer parties, or helping to display exhibits. World Trade Center 9/11 artifacts.

“He was a very active member,” Paulson said. “We can’t begin to count all the hours he has given to the community.”

Hulbert grew up in western Douglas County but graduated from Arlington High School in 1999, his brother said. He was a very good athlete, says his brother, especially in football and soccer.

After high school, Hulbert attended trade school and went to work in 2005 for Waldinger Corp., a mechanical engineering company. He worked his way up to become an estimator on projects, his brother said.

“He was very good with his hands, doing woodworking and metal welding,” his brother said. “Mark was really good with specialty items and very creative.”

An avid outdoorsman, Hulbert enjoyed deer hunting and had an extensive collection of firearms. He also liked to ride his motorbike or ride a 4×4 when he wanted to clear his head.

“In meetings, he always put a smile on your face,” Lee Hulbert said. “If you haven’t had a good time being with him, there might be something wrong with you. He had a great sense of humor and loved to prank.

In addition to her brother, survivors include her mother, Cynthia Paddock of Omaha; sister, Sheri Keller of Oklahoma City; and girlfriend, Tracy Lane Thomas of Omaha.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 8200 N. 30th St., Omaha.

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