Project Roll Call

Dean Marshall

  • Fire Chief
  • Rural Metro
  • Arizona
  • Age: 40
  • Year of Death: 1970

Fire Chief Dean Marshall, known as “Red,” was engaged in fighting a large fire in Tucson involving a 750-gallon propane truck when he suffered a massive heart attack and died.


This firefighter line of duty fatality occurred before the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was built in Emmitsburg, Maryland. While this firefighter has not been officially honored at the Memorial site, there are plans to do so when resources are available.

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Memorial Wall

  1. Chief Marshall and I made the initial attack on this propane truck fire which also involved a large horse barn with a small residential living area on one end. Without a doubt, Dean was one of the greatest firefighters that I worked with in my 29 year firefighting career. I consider him a great friend and have often told the story of the day he died. I will never forget.

    – ken brown