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Nate Mills Firefighter Fund is expanding

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019

The Nate Mills Memorial Firefighters’ Fund is pleased to announce it is expanding its financial assistance for training expenses to include firefighters from Mt. Etna, Warren, Markle and Poneto Volunteer Fire Departments.

Nate Mills, a 1991 graduate of Huntington North High School, began his career as a firefighter at age 19 with the Markle Volunteer Fire Department. He trained as an EMT so he could go on more runs. In 2006 Mills joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

After a three-year battle with cancer, Nate passed away on March 1, 2015 at the age of 41.

Susan Mills established the fund at the Huntington County Community Foundation to encourage firefighters to participate in as much training as possible, promoting her son’s belief that there is no such thing as too much training. Since 2015, 23 firefighters have received over $3,700 in financial assistance in Nate’s memory.

“Susan has such a strong passion for firefighters and the important role they play in our communities,” said Matt Ditzler, associate director at the Community Foundation. “Expanding to serve more fire departments has long been her dream, and we are excited to see Nate’s legacy touch an even wider audience in the future.”

If you are a firefighter from Fort Wayne, Mt. Etna, Warren, Markle or Poneto Fire Departments and would like to seek reimbursement for training expenses, please contact Susan Mills at You can also contact the Huntington County Community Foundation at or their website at