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Remembering Former Officer & Co. Board Member Paul Dean Submitted: 04/16/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


RHINELANDER - Oneida County lost a dedicated public servant this past weekend. Tomorrow friends and family will say goodbye to Paul Dean.

Dean spent 13 years on the Oneida County Board representing Pine Lake. Before that, he served the city of Rhinelander in the Police Department. Back then he was known as Detective Sergeant Paul Dean.

He spent 28 years with the police force. In that time he won numerous awards, made headlines, and gained the respect of his community, colleagues, and even a few criminals.

"I remember one man he had arrested, and put in prison, the man had escaped and made it all the way to California," said Brian Dean, Paul's son, "And he had called my father for advice, explaining his situation and wanted to know what to do. You know, should he turn himself in?"

Some will remember Paul for tracking down a Hodag thief all the way to Chicago, or introducing Karate to the Northwoods. But his friends remember him for his compassion most of all.

"I used to call him the 1-man fundraiser," said Bob Metropulos, an Oneida County Board member and good friend of Dean's "If anyone had a tragedy in his area, he always was out there knocking on doors, raising funds, to help the individual out."

"I can walk through town with a smile on my face knowing who my father was and what he had left behind," says Brian Dean, "I think by leading the life he did, he left a very good example for us to follow."

A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 11:00am at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home in Rhinelander.

Paul Dean was 79 years old.


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