Eric's Heroes: The piano man who puts music in the Northwest

    Dean Petrich rescues and repairs pianos. (Photo: KOMO News)

    FREELAND, Wash. -- If you were to take the ferry and travel to Whidbey Island and seek out a man named Dean Petrich, I can promise you this: You'd never forget it.

    The short story is that he owns a piano shop, where he tunes and repairs and reconstructs pianos.

    And he's figured out a lovely way to help put music into the Northwest.

    But that's just the start. There are secret tunnels, and strange musical graveyards and an urgency to his life that is a wonderful thing to behold.

    Dean Petrich is, to steal a phrase, "So Northwest"... and he's also my Hero.

    Editor's Note: "Eric's Heroes" is a weekly series airing every Wednesday on KOMO News in the 6 p.m. newscast. If you have a good story about a good person doing good things for the right reasons, share it with Eric by sending an email to

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