Former Ocean County Firefighter Passes Away

David Kanko (Photo courtesy Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company #1)

  BEACHWOOD – Over the weekend, the Beachwood Fire Department gave their condolences to the family of former member David Kanko who suddenly passed away.

  From 1988 to 1996, Kanko served as a member of the Beachwood Vol. Fire Department and later became lieutenant. During his career, he also was a career firefighter with the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base Fire Department where he was recently promoted to the rank of captain. 

  Once Kanko moved to Stafford Township, he became a member of the Stafford Township Fire Department and has since proudly served with Station 4.

Photo courtesy Beachwood Fire Department

  “The Beachwood Fire Department is heartbroken over the sudden loss of former member David Kanko… Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kanko and Snelling families, David’s many friends, and his brother and sister firefighters throughout the area. Rest easy brother you will be missed,” the Beachwood Fire Department said.


The Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company posted a message on their Facebook page. “He was a mentor to many and was known by all. Dave served STVFC for 26 years and was always an asset to the company. The untimely passing has left an enormous void for anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be forever missed. Please keep the Kanko family in your prayers during this difficult time. Watch over us and know that your legacy will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Dave.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to assist his family.