Mark served fifteen years on a local volunteer fire department becoming Captain with a Firefighter II degree. He was also on a volunteer rescue service becoming Chief with an E.M.T. I level certifcation.
Mark has had an interest in firearms most of his life. He has the following NRA and State of Illinois Instruction Certifications:
Mark has been teaching State of Illinois CCW classes since 2013. He also participates in Cowboy Action shooting, IDPA, USPSA Tactical, as well as other leagues.