Dennis Breckenridge: Breckenridge served a six-year commitment to the Ohio National Guard. At the time, he worked in home construction and drove for Cook Motor Lines. His enlistment was to conclude in April 1970, but it was extended after his Ravenna unit was called out for the Teamster trucker strike. As a sergeant in Troop G, Breckenridge stood on Blanket Hill at the time of the Kent State shootings. On May 4th, he went to the hospital for extreme stress and heat stroke, though his condition was initially classified as a heart attack. He and wife, who wrote a letter to the editor of the Akron Beacon Journal shortly thereafter, live in Hartville. As Breckenridge now has mild dementia, his wife Sandra can be heard several times sharing their story.
This photo of Breckenridge appeared in the 1974 book 'I Was There' by Mike Hill and Ed Grant.
About a month after the shootings, Breckenridge's wife Sandra wrote this letter to the Akron Beacon Journal.