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City of Janesville Thanks Firefighter Mark Johnson for 21 Years of Service

Post Date:08/08/2019 9:50 am

Mark Johnson

As of Monday, August 5, 2019, Firefighter Mark Johnson officially retired from the Janesville Fire Department after more than 21 years of service to the City of Janesville.  Mark has served the community as a member of the JFD since his hire on March 9, 1998.


Mark’s desire to become a firefighter was inspired by his love of hard work.  Through his service in the Air National Guard, he became an airport firefighter at the Dane County Regional Airport, and was a volunteer firefighter for the Maple Bluff Fire Department.  He has an Associate of Science from MATC and a degree in Fire Science from the College of the Air Force.  After getting hired with JFD as a firefighter/EMT, he became a paramedic, member of the Dive Team, HAZMAT technician, and was one of the first Child Seat Safety Technicians.  He became a certified driver/operator and retired in that position.

Every October, JFD promotes fire safety awareness in the school district, and Mark always participated in that, especially with teaching first and fifth graders. Mark was a member of the Honor Guard for the department, and he encourages younger firefighters to join the Guard. 

Retirement won’t slow Mark down.  He and his wife, Melissa, have a busy family.  Mark has two grown daughters, Jessica and Morgan. Jessica and her husband are expecting a baby in January, the first grandchild.  Olivia is in college in Whitewater, Alex is a senior at Stoughton High School, and Jay and Joy are sixth and seventh graders.  Mark and Melissa have also been foster parents for over ten years and currently foster two little girls, ages 5 and 6, whom they will soon adopt.

Mark will continue his involvement as a coach for Stoughton football, and works in Stoughton as an education assistant and substitute teacher.  Mark loves to see children succeed.  If there’s any time leftover, Mark also enjoys hunting and fishing.

Of his career with JFD, Mark enjoyed serving the community and helping people have a positive experience.  He says being a firefighter is unique: “In the worst moments of their lives, people let you come into their homes and put their kids into your arms.  We joke that we rush in as the rats and mice are running out.  I had a strong desire of why I wanted the challenges of this difficult career field. I enjoyed the variety the job provided and the challenge of doing what needed to be done.”  Mark is excited to never have to miss any of his kids’ activities again with his new, more flexible schedule in retirement.

In parting, Mark said, “I hope I helped to make peoples’ lives safer and situations better.  I tried to do the best I could getting crews safely to the scene and not cause harm to anyone.  I enjoyed the whole thing.” 

The City of Janesville would like to thank Firefighter Mark Johnson for his more than 21 years of dedicated service to his community and to the Janesville Fire Department.  We wish you all the best in your retirement!

If you have any questions, please contact Management Information Specialist Molly Nolte at (608) 755-3094 or