Brookline firefighter mourned

A solemn Tuesday, Nov. 26, cemetery service marked the unexpected death of a Brookline firefighter who died Nov. 20 at his home.

A contingent of fire department personnel, emergency rescue crew, and police representatives as well as friends, coworkers and neighbors numbering in the hundreds attended services for Deputy Fire Chief Curt Jensen, 51, offering support to his wife of 13 years, Jodi, and his three children, Jered, Macyn and Cheyann.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Nov. 26, in the Brookline Community Church, 2 Main St., and burial followed at Brookline’s Pine Grove Cemetery.

At the cemetery, two ladder trucks, Milford Ladder 1 and Townsend Ladder 1, were stationed on each side of the entrance with a huge American flag suspended from a cable bridging the extended booms of the trucks.

The funeral cavalcade passed beneath the flag, a procession of motorcycle escorts, private vehicles, new and antique fire trucks, uniformed marchers, drummers and bagpipe players keening a somber beat.

Jensen’s draped casket was borne high atop a slow-moving fire truck flanked by his brethren from the Brookline Fire Department. Some, as they walked, extended their gloved hands from time to time to touch the side of the truck.

Jensen spent more than 30 years in the fire service. He spent the past 27 years with the Brookline Fire Department. A three-year post as chief and, most recently, 19 years of service as deputy assistant chief underscored his dedication.

He also was a member of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department and lieutenant of Engine 4 in the mid- to late-1980s. In addition, Jensen was a deputy fire warden for the state of New Hampshire.

On Nov. 26, family and friends wept openly at the cemetery. A recitation highlighted the need to make every moment of life count and a fire bell was struck with a mallet three times, a 200-year-old fire service tradition that announces a comrade’s passing and duties well done.

A celebration of Jensen’s life was held afterward at the Brookline Event Center on Route 130.

There, Jodi Jensen said a coronary was to blame for her husband’s death as she received guests.

“My husband was an amazing man,” she said. “I wish I could sum it up in one word. When you became a friend of his, you became his family. He has touched every one of these people – hundreds of them.”

Jensen was born in Nashua on Sept. 1, 1962, a son of Ross Jensen of Brookline, and Doris (McCormack) McDonald, of Ellenton, Fla. He was a lifelong resident of Brookline and a graduate of Hollis Area High School’s Class of 1980. His family, fellow firefighters and associates in the plumbing and heating industry comprised his circle of friends. He was the store manager at Wetherbee Plumbing and Heating in Milford for 20 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may go to TD Bank, Attn: Curt Jensen Fund, 7 South St., Milford, NH 03055 or to any TD Bank Branch or to the Brookline Fire Department Association, P.O. Box 174, Brookline, NH 03033. Arrangements were in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. Memories can be share or offer a condolences can be offered at www.smith-heald.com.