Clayton firefighter Jason Dean to be honored with flyover after dying from COVID-19 complications

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Friday, October 9, 2020
F-15 flyovers to honor late Clayton firefighter this weekend
Jason Dean died of COVID-19 complications last month. F-15 Strike Eagles will tour the area on Friday at noon.

CLAYTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- Clayton will honor a late firefighter on Saturday with a flyover in Clayton.

Deputy Chief Jason Dean with the Clayton Fire Department died of COVID-19 complications last month.

On Saturday, the Bandit Flight Team, which usually does pregame flyovers at Duke and N.C. State football games, will fly from Smithfield over the Clayton fire department. That flyover begins at noon.

Dean was a respected 20-year veteran of the department and the Deputy Chief of Training and Operations. The 42-year-old died after a month-long battle with COVID-19.

In September, he was honored with the sounding of an old fire siren. Later, a parade of fire and emergency vehicles was held along a 13-mile procession.