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Charlottesville Firefighter Specialist Dennis Brent to be Honored on Saturday, December 8

Post Date:12/06/2018 7:58 AM
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Emily Pelliccia
Deputy Fire Chief
December 6, 2018

Charlottesville Firefighter Specialist Dennis Brent

to be Honored on Saturday, December 8

A Line of Duty Death funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at

Ridge Street Fire Station located at 203 Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Dennis Lynn Brent, a Charlottesville Firefighter Specialist and former Chief of the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Company, passed away Saturday, December 1, after a nearly two-year long battle with pancreatic cancer. Dennis will be honored at a Line of Duty Death funeral service on Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m. at the Ridge Street Fire Station located at 203 Ridge Street.

Dennis started running with the Palmyra Fire Company when he was 17 years old and served for 38 years, holding several positions before ultimately being named Chief. In December of 2000, Dennis' dream came true when he was hired as a firefighter for the City of Charlottesville Fire Department. He faithfully served there for 17 years before retiring due to an occupational cancer.

“Dennis was a “firefighter’s firefighter”. He lived all of his life placing the needs of others before himself and he did so with grace, humility, and love. He will be missed but will never be forgotten and the men and women of the Charlottesville Fire Department Family will proudly carry forward his legacy of selfless service,” said Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter, “We invite the Charlottesville community to join us on Saturday to remember, honor, and celebrate Dennis’ life of service to our community.”

“Dennis became a member of the Charlottesville Fire Department Honor Guard because he felt an obligation to honor any firefighter who died in the line of duty and the irony is that we will be honoring him in the same way as those who fell before him,” said Dennis’ brother Mike Brent who also serves as Chief of the Fluvanna Fire Department.

Sincere thanks are extended to the many doctors and nurses of Sentara Martha Jefferson and the University of Virginia Hospitals for the care they gave Dennis during his two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. The family would like to specifically thank Dr. Tre Le and staff at the Emily Couric Cancer Center.


Palmyra Volunteer Firehouse

14567 James Madison Parkway

Friday, December 7, 2018, from 1–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.


Ridge Street Fire Station

203 Ridge Street

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 11 a.m.

*A live online stream of the service will be available at


Following funeral service at

Salem United Methodist Church

840 Salem Church Road, Palmyra, VA


Following interment at

Palmyra Volunteer Firehouse


The family asks that contributions be made in Dennis' memory to the American Cancer Society or by sending a check to Palmyra Volunteer Fire Company at P.O. Box 164, Palmyra, VA 22963.


Saturday's funeral service is expected to draw hundreds of attendees. Along with other events occurring Downtown on Saturday (Holiday Heritage Parade, Holiday Market, etc) there will be an increased potential for traffic congestion between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Once the funeral service concludes at approximately 1 p.m., a processional of vehicles including many fire apparatus will make its way from the Ridge Street Fire Station to Salem United Methodist Church in Palmyra, VA. The route will include traveling along a portion of Interstate 64 Eastbound which will have temporary travel restrictions for a police escort of the procession.


NO PARKING on Southbound lane of Ridge Street from Monticello Ave. to Elliott Ave.

NO PARKING on East and Westbound lanes of Monticello Ave. from 2nd Street SE to Ridge St.

ESCORT STAGING on 5th Street Ext. from Cherry Ave. to Bailey Road - Road will be open, however, the inside Southbound lane will be closed to vehicular traffic for temporary staging of fire apparatus.

GENERAL PARKING will be available at the Albemarle County Office Building parking lot at 401 McIntire Road -SHUTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE


The public is welcome to contact 434-979-INFO (4636) for more information on funeral service logistics. The 434-979-INFO line will be activated on Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ADDITIONAL FIRE APPARATUS If you are with a Fire Department and plan to bring an apparatus to this service, please fill out this form.

Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting or (434) 970-3182.
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