Legend's moments: Plaque honors firefighter

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Engineer Matt Hart pulls a cover off a plaque hanging outside Fire Station No. 1ís back bay, which has been named in honor of the late Johnny Deason. The firefighter volunteered with the Shelbyville Fire Department for 67 years. More photos will appear in a future edition of the Times-Gazette.
T-G Photo by Jason M. Reynolds

A memorial reception was held Wednesday at Fire Station No. 1 in honor of the late 67-year volunteer firefighter Johnny Deason.

Deason, who died Sept. 21, 2016, had retired in 2013. Shelbyville Fire Department honored him during a ceremony on what has become the annual Johnny Deason Day in the city, the anniversary of his retirement.

The department unveiled a plaque that hangs on the back of the building; the back fire truck bay has been named for Deason, said Administration Chief Terry Vinson, who worked for many years with the veteran firefighter, who served as a mentor.

True mentor

"Johnny was inspirational; he was never critical," Vinson said. "If we had a fire, you could expect Johnny to be there."

Vinson showed off a number of smoke detectors purchased through a memorial fund with donations made in Deason's honor.

"We don't want anyone to sleep in a home without a smoke detector," Vinson said.

The department for years has installed smoke detectors for free in any home that requests it. Vinson said the department will even install them in homes in the unincorporated parts of the county.

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