Funeral arrangements announced for Kingston Firefighter Dennis Shennard


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The officers and members of Kingston Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 and the family of Dennis B. Shennard will hold a public tribute to pay final respects in remembrance of the life and service of fallen firefighter Dennis B. Shennard.

Shennard served the Kingston community from Jan. 6, 1969, to the time of his passing on June 26, 2021.

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He served as a line officer, serving as both a lieutenant and captain, and at the time of his passing was serving the department as a trustee.

Shennard died after suffering from cardiac arrest during a drill on June 26 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.

A viewing will be taking place at the MJ Murphy Funeral Home in Monmouth Junction on Wednesday, June 30 from 6-9 p.m. The first hour will be restricted to family and friends with Fire Service tributes commencing at 7 p.m.

Due to extremely limited parking, fire departments are directed to go to the South Brunswick High School, 750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction. Use the Ridge Road entrance. Shuttle buses are being provided between the school and funeral home.

Funeral home services at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 1, will be reserved for family and friends.

There will be a motorcade procession of fire apparatus including Kingston and mutual aid fire companies. This motorcade will travel from the funeral home in Monmouth Junction along New Road, Route 522, Promenade Boulevard, Route 27 to Kingston and then to the cemetery.

The public is encouraged to pay their respects in the Kingston community. The motorcade procession will enter Kingston between 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Parking may be available at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street or the Methodist Church on Church Street.

The route of the motorcade will enter the Kingston community by traveling south on Route 27, turning left onto Academy Street, and then turn left onto Euclid Avenue where aerial trucks from Princeton and Franklin Park fire companies will present an Honor Guard with an American flag draped between their extended buckets.

The motorcade will then proceed onto Heathcote Road and past the Kingston firehouse where an Honor Guard of firefighters from Kingston along with other firefighters from across New Jersey and neighboring states.

The motorcade will then cross Route 27 onto Laurel Avenue and proceed to the cemetery.

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