Murrieta Fire & Rescue (MFR) on Tuesday, Nov. 26 announced that memorial services for Dean Hale, a firefighter/paramedic who died last Friday following a long battle with job-related cancer.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Bridge Church, 38801 Calistoga Drive in Murrieta and will be open to the public.
Hale served in the city of Murrieta since 2007 after working 17 years for the city of Alhambra Fire Department.
“We have lost not only a beautiful human being and brother today, but we’ve lost one of God’s angels on earth,” MFR Chief David Lantzer said following Hale’s death. “Dean Hale was selfless to the core; I never heard him complain about his condition; he insisted on coming to work when he struggled even to walk without falling. Dean Hale embodied what it means to be a Murrieta firefighter, and I can only hope we can emulate him at the level he has set for us. I know my people … and I know we can.”
In his own words, Hale described the battle he was fighting on a GoFundMe page created by the association to help pay for alternative treatments for the disease that was threatening his life.
Hale was first diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008, which he beat after nine months of treatment. That next year, he found out cancer had returned to his neck and brain. Again, after half a year of treatment, he beat it.
Then, in 2018, he found out he was suffering from edema in his brain due to all the radiation, and cancer had appeared on his spine.
He passed away in the early morning of Nov. 22.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Hale family fund the memorial services and the reception following the service at https://www.gofundme.com/f/dean-hale-memorial?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.
At the time of publishing, the fundraiser had raised more than $6,000 of the $10,000 requested.
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