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MTVFC#1 Mourns the Loss of Life Member
Thursday, August 30, 2012 
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Please join us in mourning the loss of Life Member, Jeffrey Kivet. Our thoughts an prayers go to his family and friends. Around 600 emergency services personnel from several surrounding communities gathered at the Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels in East Brunswick Sept. 2 to bid farewell to Jeffrey Kivet, 66, of Monroe, who passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 30 at his home. ”This was the way he would’ve wanted to go. Many people told me if they could have half of this, this would be awesome,” son Scott Kivet, a member of the Robbinsville Police Department, said. “He had a party on the way out.” According to police, Mr. Kivet was pronounced dead at his South Rhoda Street home at 11:42 a.m. after police and EMS crews responded to the residence. Police said it appeared that Mr. Kivet fell through the attic of his garage, landing on the garage floor. Scott Kivet said his father likely went to the attic to get fishing supplies when the accident happened and was able, after falling, to crawl into the den inside the home where he was found by a neighbor. According to those attending the funeral, Mr. Kivet served his town in many ways as a life member of the Monroe Township Volunteer Fire District #1, past Fire Commissioner, volunteer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, and a former soccer coach in Monroe. He became a firefighter in the 1980s and continued into the mid-90s and served for 20 plus years, according to Scott Kivet. ”He loved being a firefighter,” Scott Kivet said. “I started as a kid growing up in the firehouse with him, hanging on him. Then as the table turned, I got up there and he would come to fires with me. It became a nice life extension for my dad.” Scott Kivet said his father owned Cruise Value Center in East Brunswick for the past 16 years where “he built an enterprise out of the travel agency.” ”He took us so many places growing up,” daughter Tracy Spalding of Monroe said. “We use to go to Disney World every year when we were little and we cruised a lot.” As wedding presents, he would give away honeymoon trips to the people in his firehouse Scott Kivet recalled. ”He would help out anybody in my firehouse,” Scott Kivet said. “He would go out of his way for strangers.” Around 600 firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers and other types of emergency services personnel both in uniform and civilian clothing came to pay their respects one by one. Many departments including Monroe Volunteer Fire District #1, Monroe Fire District #2, Monroe Fire District #3, East Brunswick Fire District #1 Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company, East Brunswick Independent Fire Company District # 2, Brookview Volunteer Fire Company East Brunswick Fire District # 3, Lawrenceville Fire Departments, Plainsboro Fire Company, Cranbury Volunteer Fire Company, Hightstown Engine Company #1, East Volunteer Fire Company #1 and #2, Englishtown Fire Department, Kingston Volunteer Fire Company, Kendall Park Fire Department, Princeton Fire Company, Jamesburg Fire Department, State Forest Fire Service, Lawrence Township Fire District 3, Lawrence Road Fire Company Fire District 2, Spotswood Fire Department, Millstone Fire Department, Monroe Municipal Ambulance Services, Ewing Police Department, N.J. S.P.C.A. Police Department, East Brunswick Police Department, Hightstown Police Department, East Windsor Police Department, Monroe Police Department, Park Police, Plainsboro Police Department, Toms River Auxiliary Police Department, Baltimore Police Department, FBI, and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office were all represented at the service. ”It was an amazing turnout and a fitting tribute to Jeff and his son, Scott, and their many contributions to emergency services in Middlesex, Mercer and surrounding counties,” said Chief Jim Pedley of the Plainsboro Fire Company. The procession to Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge was led by a Robbinsville police patrol car as well as a Spotswood police motorcycle, and followed by additional police and fire units that assisted the procession through some of the busier intersections on their way . Mr. Kivet would, from time to time, spend some time with his son while on patrol for Robbinsville. ”He used to love riding in my police car,” Scott Kivet said. Lt. Michael Polaski of Robbinsville Police Department also recalled Mr. Kivet’s ride-alongs with his son. ”He would sometimes ride along with Scott, just to see what it was his son was doing,” said Lt. Polaski. “I think he thought he was on ‘Cops.’ Jeff was a family man and a great friend to all that knew him. Scott and his dad were best friends, closer than any father son I know.” Others at the funeral also remembered Mr. Kivet. ”Jeff was always someone who could make you laugh with a quick joke or a funny comment about whatever was going on at the time,” said Past Fire Chief Richard Hayes of Monroe. “Jeff’s heart was always into helping the fire department in any way he could whether serving as commissioner, president or treasurer, he took on the position and did his best.” ”Jeff was a dedicated volunteer firefighter and elected Fire Commissioner, often putting the needs of Monroe residents before his own,” said Monroe Township Business Administrator and Spotswood volunteer firefighter of, Wayne Hamilton. “He will be missed.” When two simultaneous bouts with cancer made him stop fighting fires, Mr. Kivet volunteered at a local hospital, Scott Kivet said. ”I saw Jeff last only a few weeks ago at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as he was volunteering to make patients smile, “said Chief Nick Poliseno of Spotswood Fire Department. “Jeff would come see me at the hospital when I would get treatments for my 9/11 WTC disease. Jeff would always make me laugh and change my attitude when I was down.” ”Surviving are his wife Paula; a son, Scott who is a member of the Robbinsville Police Department; two daughters Tracy Spalding and Shari Steier; a sister Lorraine Kivet, and four grandchildren,” said Manager Peter Kulbacki of Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels in East Brunswick. ”If I could be half the man my dad was I would be a great man,” Scott. Kivet said. “I miss him so much already.” **Article from The Cranbury Press**