December Fire Fighter of the Month – Dean Shelton


As a child, you have dreams of what you want to be when you grow up – a doctor, a lawyer, a veterinarian, or a teacher – but sometimes our paths in life lead us down a different road. That was the case for Captain Dean Shelton of Marysville Fire in Washington. When he was younger, he didn’t have plans on becoming a fire fighter until he was in college where he was a recreation major. During an internship, he was exposed to emergency medicine that would eventually lead him down the path to becoming a fire fighter. And in 1995, Dean began his firefighting career with the Bremerton Fire Department as a fire fighter and paramedic.

Fire fighters are pillars in the community, always there with a helping hand to keep everyone in their communities safe. For Dean and his department in the Marysville Fire District, lending a helping hand comes in various ways – food drives, partnering with Operation Warm to provide brand new coats to children in need, coaching youth sports, working with seniors, and so much more. Helping and engaging with the community is one of the joys that come with being a fire fighter.

For over 20 years, Dean has dedicated himself to be not only a fire fighter but a pillar in his community. His dedication and persistence has led him down many paths as he worked with the Marysville Fire District since 1997, served as Skagit County Fire Commissioner from 1998-2015, was appointed to the Washington State Fire Protection Policy Board by former Governor Christine Gregoire in 2010, served as IAFF Local 3219 Marysville’s Secretary-Treasurer for 11 years, was elected to the WSCFF Board in 2008 to represent the 10th District, and currently serves as WSCFF vice president since 2018.

For anyone that has dreams of becoming a fire fighter like Dean, he has three rules to go by – be persistent, work hard, and keep a good attitude.

Thank you, Dean, for bringing warmth, confidence, and hope to your community!

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