Rich Dean Obituary, Death Cause – It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that the members of the Butler Fire Department announce the passing of a beloved colleague, Former Captain Rich Dean. Rich’s departure leaves a void within our tight-knit community, and we extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate through the sorrow of losing such an integral part of their lives.
Richie, as he was affectionately known, dedicated an incredible 50 years of his life to the Butler Fire Department, becoming an icon within our ranks. His commitment and passion for serving the community set a standard that inspired us all. As an Exempt Fireman with the State of New Jersey, Rich demonstrated not only his loyalty to our local department but also his dedication to the broader firefighting community.
Rich’s journey with the Butler Fire Department saw him take on various roles, each marked by his unwavering sense of duty and leadership. Serving as the Captain of the Kinney Hose Company (Engine 341), Rich exemplified the qualities of a true leader—courage, resilience, and a commitment to the safety of others. Under his guidance, the Kinney Hose Company became a pillar of strength within our department, and Rich’s influence resonated far beyond the firehouse doors.
Even after stepping down from his role as captain, Rich continued to be an active and engaged member of our family, currently serving as a dedicated member of our Fire Police. His presence at the scene of emergencies, parades, and community events added a layer of experience and wisdom that is irreplaceable. Rich’s commitment to the fire service went beyond the call of duty; it was a genuine expression of his love for the community he served.
As we remember Rich Dean, we reflect not only on his contributions as a firefighter but also on the friendships he forged and the lives he touched. His legacy will live on in the countless lives he impacted, the lessons he imparted, and the indomitable spirit he brought to our department. The Butler Fire Department is a better place because Rich was a part of it, and we are grateful for the time we had with him.
In the face of this loss, let us come together as a community to support one another and to honor the memory of Former Captain Rich Dean. May his selfless service, dedication, and the warmth of his personality continue to inspire us in our ongoing mission to protect and serve the Butler community.