Huntington County Community Foundation | Nate Mills Memorial Firefighter’s Fund
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Nate Mills Memorial Firefighter’s Fund

At the young age of 19, Nate Mills started his firefighting career with the Markle Volunteer Fire Department. He was hooked from day one. In a November 2014 WANE 15 interview, he said, “This is where my heart’s at. It’s the brotherhood and the comradery and it’s like part of a family.” He went on to be trained as an EMT so he could go on more runs and joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department in 2006.

After a three-year-long battle with cancer, Nate passed away at the age of 41 on March 1, 2015. Even when his battle kept him from the fire station, he remained positive and upbeat all the way to the end.

In the same WANE 15 interview, five months before his passing, Nate said, “I’ve had a wonderful life. I have a beautiful wife who I love with all my heart. I’ve had the best job in the world. What’s there not to be positive about?”

Today, Nate’s mother, Susan Mills, continues to promote his belief that there is no such thing as too much training by encouraging his fellow firefighters to participate in as much training as possible. Through the Nate Mills Memorial Firefighter’s Fund, Fort Wayne firefighters can seek reimbursement for training expenses ($100 for 1 day of training, $200 for 2 days). It is a fitting tribute to Nate’s memory and dedication to his craft.

One day, Susan hopes to grow the fund large enough to serve more area volunteer fireman outside of Fort Wayne. To help reach this goal, please consider donating to the Nate Mills Memorial Firefighter’s Fund.

To seek reimbursement for training expenses, please contact Susan Mills, Captain Tom Helmkamp of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, or HCCF at

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In September of 2017, Katie (Mills) Moser stopped by the Foundation office with her son and mother, Susan Mills, to present a check for $1,000 to the Nate Mills Memorial Firefighter’s Fund.

Katie’s donation came from a memorial fundraiser she held through her LuLaRoe consulting business on the second anniversary of Nate’s passing (also known as Nate’s “Angelversary” by the Mills family). LuLaRoe is an independent fashion retailing business that sells comfortable, affordable, stylish clothing.

Pictured (from left) are Matt Ditzler, Director of Accounting at the Huntington County Community Foundation and Katie (Mills) Moser, sister of Nate Mills and LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant

On August 11th and 12th of 2017, Fort Wayne fireman Matt Hughes was able to attend and complete three training lectures at the Washington Township/Avon Fire Building Construction & Fire Behavior Symposium. The lectures included:

  • The New Firefight or Intelligently Aggressive Interior Fire Attack
  • Tilt-Up Construction
  • What’s Hiding Behind the Walls

Thanks to the Nate Mills Memorial Firefighter’s Fund, Matt was reimbursed for the travel expenses he incurred while gaining this important training.

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