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Thursday December 14, 2017


Dean Coward

Saunook Fire Volunteer Department (Facebook)
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  • 828-586-3002 Work
  • 828-508-1221 Cell

Dean retired in January, 2017 from the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill VFD in Jackson County after 35 years of service.  He was Assistant Chief there for the last 22 years. He is currently serving with Saunook VFD in the neighboring Haywood County, along with Haywood Search and Rescue and NC Emergency Management’s Mountain Search and Rescue Team 5.  Dean was elected treasurer of the Western North Carolina Association of Firefighters in 1987 and has served in that position since that time. Professionally, he is a graduate of Western Carolina University and has been a CPA since1979.  He opened his own public practice in July 1985 in Sylva, concentrating in the areas of tax, small business services and estate work.

Dean is a deacon at Balsam Baptist Church and an avid outdoorsman.