WARREN - Less than 12 hours after a bruising defeat at the ballot box in his bid for the Democratic party nomination for re-election, City Council President Bob Dean was in Columbus Wednesday morning for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
Dean was one of 15 veterans honored in the class of 2012 for the work they have done after leaving military service.
Dean served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 through October 1982, retiring as a senior master sergeant.
"It was a special honor for me to receive this award because I tried and failed getting into the Air Force twice before being accepted as a result of a program that allowed inner-city kids to join any branch of service,'' he said.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is not a military hall of fame. Those selected for the honor of induction are veterans who have honorably served their country through military service and who have continued to serve and inspire their fellow man with their deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.
Since leaving the service, Dean has worked with city administrations in various positions in Houston, Texas, Cleveland and in Warren. He has served on Warren City Council for three terms, including his current term as the council president.
In the hall
Previous Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame members from Trumbull County:
James H. Bronson
Robert H. Brothers
Henry M. Fox
William J. Garono
Samuel E. Lanza
John D. Massey
James T. Pantalone Sr.
Herbert W. Seelbach Sr.
Source: Ohio Department
of Veterans Services website
He also has organized an annual Coats for Kids Giveaway every December. Dean and his supporters have assembled and given away about 30,000 coats to inner-city kids over the past five years.
In November 2010, Dean organized and directed Warren's "Gifts for Veterans in Ohio Nursing Homes." This effort resulted in hundreds of dollars raised and hundreds of pounds of items being delivered to the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.
Karen Kish, a spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, said the Ohio Veteran's Hall of Fame was formed in 1992 and has had 435 veterans enshrined in it. There were 145 applicants considered for the class of 2012.
He is the 12th Trumbull County resident enshrined.