By Liz Vos,
In May 1982, Dean Mitchell was voted onto the Albany Fire Department, fulfilling an aspiration to serve his community. In the nearly 33 years that followed, he came to the aid of countless people in their time of need; leading and working alongside his colleagues. On January 1, 2016, upon his retirement from the department, he turned his pager off for good. A banquet to honor Dean was held on March 12, serving as a salute to the dedication he and his family gave to the community.