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Gone too soon: Cottage Grove man was father, firefighter, missionary, EMT

June 27, 2018
By William Loeffler - Woodbury Bulletin


Excerpt  - COTTAGE GROVE — It's a measure of the life lived by Steven Duane Cozad that his unexpected death affected so many.

Cozad, 48, of Cottage Grove died June 20 after he was found unresponsive at his home, Newport Fire Chief Steve Wiley said. Cozad served with Wiley on the Newport Fire Department for over 20 years.
Cozad's family lost a husband, provider, father and grandfather. The Newport Fire Department lost a capable and courageous comrade. Needy children and families from Newport to Kenya lost a benefactor and advocate.

And someone else will have to dress as Santa Claus during the Newport Fire Department Food and Toy Drive in December.


As a boy, Cozad received toys that were donated by local firefighters. That left a lasting impression; around 2000, he organized the Newport toy drive. For about two years, he ran most of it on his own, he told the Bulletin in a 2016 story.

"I made homemade signs in my garage; they were probably pretty tacky," he said. "I would go drive around and pick (the donations) up."

The Newport Fire Department started bringing one of the trucks out to the North Pole at the Newport Center — where Cozad dressed as Santa Claus each year while collecting donations.



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