Procession Monday honoring fallen Johnston Co. firefighter

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CLAYTON – On Monday, Sept. 28th, the town of Clayton will play host to a massive day of remembrance for Clayton Deputy Fire Chief Jason Dean, who lost his month-long battle with COVID-19 last week.

Town of Clayton Fire Dept. processional route

“With very little time and under extreme duress, the Clayton Fire Department has essentially planned the biggest parade in town history,” said a statement from the town. The town is expecting as many as 500 firefighters and first responders from around the state and beyond with ove r250 fire and emergency trucks will come to the town to honor Dean. The town is hoping for the community to come out and show its support.

The 13-mile procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday at McLaurin Funeral Home, and is expected to take at least an hour to pass. 

“Deputy Chief Dean LOVED a parade and he LOVED showing off fire “apparatus’ – that was one of his favorite words,” said a representative from the town.  

The town also said more than nine ladder trucks will be parked with ladders up along the route, many displaying giant American flags, and Dean’s wife, Kristy and two daughters, 13-year-old Addie and 7-year-old Harper are looking forward to being in the procession.