As former Murrieta city councilmember and battalion chief Alan Long reflected back on his relationship with Dean Hale, he couldn’t help but point out the sheer number of people that gathered to pay their respects Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Bridge Church in Murrieta. “This is no surprise, the type of person Dean is, to attract so many people wanting to help him and his family to have so much love by his side,” Long said. “Everyone from his immediate family, his fire family, the city manager and the community all wanting to give back a little to Dean.” After more than a decade fighting various forms of cancer, Hale finally lost a battle from job-related cancer. On Saturday, along with Long, fellow firefighters, family members and friends took the stage to honor the firefighter-
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