While former Warren, OH Local 204 President Marc Titus’ life was tragically cut short in June, his legacy continues to inspire others.

Ohio U.S. Representative Tim Ryan honored Titus on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday, describing the fallen fire fighter as a model public servant, hero and a great friend.

“Marc spent his life teaching us that real heroes are the ones who use their time and talents improving the lives of those in their family, community and country,” said Ryan.

Titus was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and served in the United States Marine Corps as a nuclear biological chemical specialist before joining the Warren City Fire Department in 1991.

Titus received numerous awards for his service throughout his career, including the state Fire Marshall’s Award for Heroism after pulling four people from a burning group home in Warren.

Titus served as president of Warren Local 204 for eight years and was a leader in the fight to repeal SB 5, legislation that would have significantly reduced collective bargaining rights for Ohio public workers, including fire fighters.

“Marc showed leadership and dedication to his profession and to his fellow fire fighters with tireless work on their behalf,” Ryan said. “He always went above and beyond the call of duty striving to continually keep the Warren City Fire Department moving forward.”