Denton County has announced that Fire Marshal Roland Asebedo, 56, died on Monday from complications with COVID-19.
Asebedo was a 23-year veteran law enforcement officer with more than 30 years in emergency services who also served as a firefighter/EMT.
“Chief Asebedo spent his entire adult life in service to others – the epitome of a public servant,” Denton County Judge Andy Eads said. “Roland was a one-of-a-kind leader, organizer, coworker and friend who will be greatly missed as a vital part of our Denton County family.”
Asebedo joined the Denton County Emergency Services in May 2004, working his way to Assistant Fire Marshal and Assistant Director of Development and Emergency Services. In October 2020, Eads officially pinned Asebedo as Denton County Fire Marshal and Director of Development and Emergency Services.
Before joining the Denton County staff, Asebedo served as Fire Chief with the Highland Village Fire Department, Fire Marshal with the Coppell Fire Department and Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal with the Plainview Fire/EMS Department.
Originally from Silverton, Texas, Chief Asebedo studied Fire Science Technology at South Plains College. He obtained his Master Peace Officer certification in 1998 and his Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in 2002. He received Firefighter Master, Arson Investigator Master and Inspector Master Certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in 2002. He received an Instructor License from TCOLE in 1993 and his EMT Certification in 1999.
Denton County has said funeral service arrangements are pending.
Asebedo is survived by his mother, Mary Asebedo of Silverton; his wife, Michele “Mickey” Asebedo of Denton; his son, Jordan Asebedo of Highland Village; his daughter, Lorrin Underwood of Flower Mound; his brother, Able Asebedo of Silverton; his sister, Marilyn Leal of Pottsboro; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Asebedo, and his sister, Venita Howell.