Denton County Fire Marshal Succumbs To COVID-19

A 23-year veteran law enforcement officer with over 30 years in emergency services died Monday due to complications in his battle against COVID-19, a news release from Denton County said.

Rolan Asebedo, 56, Denton’s County’s Fire Marshal and Director of Development Emergency Services, saved tons of lives after he dedicated his life to serving others, the county news release stated.

“Chief Asebedo spent his entire adult life in service to others – the epitome of a public servant,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “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,” he added, The Cross Timbers Gazette reported.

Asebedo as part of the Denton County Emergency Services in May 2004. In October of 2020, he became the Denton County Fire Marshal and Director of Development and Emergency Services.


Before he became part of the Denton County staff, he served as a 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.

Asebedo’s roots are from Silverston, Texas. He studied Fire Science Technology at South Plains College. He also received his Master Peace Officer certification in 1998 and his Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in 2002.

In the same year, he received Firefighter Master, Arson Investigator Master and Inspector Master Certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in 2002.

Asebedo leaves behind his wife, son, daughter, mother and two siblings. The funeral service arrangements for Asebedo are still pending.