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Clayton Firefighters Ends Battle with COVID-19

09/23/2020

It is with profound sadness, the Clayton Fire Department announces the passing of Deputy Chief of Operations & Training Jason Dean.

This beloved 20-year veteran of our firefighting family died overnight after a hard fight against the complications of COVID-19.

Jason was just 42 and is survived by his wife of 16+ years, Kristy, and his two beautiful daughters, 13-year-old Addie and 7-year-old Harper. The entire Town of Clayton family sends its deepest and most sincere condolences to the Dean family. We ask that everyone respect their privacy at this time of mourning. They would not like any visitors at this time, nor should flowers or other items be brought to the family or the fire stations. We also ask that you understand and respect that his fellow firefighters must go on serving the community despite this terrible loss…that’s what Jason would want.  

A hometown Clayton boy, who graduated from Clayton High School, Jason went on to serve three years in US Army and then spent two decades as a dedicated first responder. Jason began with Clayton Area Rescue as a paramedic in the mid-1990s and then joined the Clayton Fire Department as a volunteer in 2000, working his way up through the ranks to Deputy Chief of Operations & Training. Over his 20 years with the Clayton Fire Department, his passion for training was unparalleled.  Simply put…he was a fire training geek…a highly-qualified instructor who was always seeking the next certification, always looking to add a new technical fire/rescue discipline or specialty course. To say he had passion for the fire department is an understatement. He didn’t long for the adrenaline rush of an emergency, he loved the constant, methodical, detailed preparation for the worst. He was famous for 20+ page IAPs  -those are Incident Action Plans and every Christmas Parade and every town event had one. Jason planned for every little possible thing that could go wrong. One of his favorite sayings was "The garbage man doesn't get excited when he turns the corner and sees trash, and you shouldn't get excited when you turn the corner and see fire. You should expect fire on every run." He did and he would train and prepare, train and prepare and train some more so he would be ready for that fire. We just didn’t think his run would end so early.

Click here for information on Jason's services on Monday, September 28th. 

The Clayton Fire Department and the Dean family can’t say enough about how much they have appreciated the community’s support and prayers in the past few weeks. Please continue to share your well-wishes. Donations to the Clayton Firefighters Association can be made in honor of Jason and will be given to the Dean family and the other Clayton firefighter and spouse who are still battling COVID-19. Just go to ClaytonFire.org.

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