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Community preparing to honor Capt. Ryan Phaneuf, USAF

HUDSON – Preparations are underway for the wake and funeral of Capt. Ryan Phaneuf, with services happening this week in Hudson.

Currently, the Hudson Fire and Hudson Police departments are working to support the family during this time and are asking if the businesses in town would assist in honoring Phaneuf by placing the following on their signboards, “Rest in Peace Captain Phaneuf.” Ideally, they are asking for this message to be displayed Wednesday through Sunday. The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce issued a press release and email alert on Friday, helping to spread this message to the community.

Phaneuf, 30, originally of Hudson, died in a plane crash last month while serving in Afghanistan. He was on board a Bombardier E-11A electronic surveillance plane when the aircraft was lost.

Phaneuf had been assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. He graduated in 2007 from Alvirne High School, where he was a member of the junior ROTC program.

To honor his legacy, a wake for Phaneuf, USAF, will take place from 1-8 p.m. Friday at Saint Kathryn Church, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson. His funeral is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, and burial will take place later in March, after a service at Arlington National Cemetery.

Hudson Police officials advise motorists should expect heavy delays in the Dracut Road by Lowell Road area all day Friday and from morning until early afternoon on Saturday. The Hudson Police Department is urging vehicles passing through that area to avoid Dracut Road and seek alternate routes both days. Officials noted Stuart Street will be closed on both days, but local business on Stuart Street will be accessible.

Traffic traveling south and absolutely needing to get through the area should utilize Lowell Road to River Road to Pine Road to Dracut Road. Traffic heading north should do the reverse taking Dracut Road to Pine Road to River Road to Lowell Road.

Local traffic should utilize Wason Road to Musquash Road to Dracut Road as an alternate route heading south and the reverse heading north.

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