ALLEN F. HESS SR.  was born in Camden on April 16, 1926 to Mary and Harry Hess. The family was living at 2733 Sherman Avenue in Cramer Hill by 1927. Harry Hess joined the Camden Fire Department on April 4, 1928 and served for many years thereafter.

Allen F. Hess enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey on May 9, 1944. As he had had qualified for flight duty, he trained as a member of a bomber crew and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the Air Medal, indicating that he flew at least five combat missions, most likely as a gunner. 

Allen F. Hess returned to Camden after completing his military service. His parents were still living at 2733 Sherman Avenue as late as 1947. He was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 14, 1950. Allen Hess was promoted to captain in May of 1960, and to Battalion Chief on June 11, 1966, and later was promoted to Deputy Chief. After serving the City of Camden for 40 years, Chief Hess retired on May 1, 1991.

Allen F. Hess had moved to 3064 Mickle Street in East Camden by October of 1956. This remained his home until Camden lifted the residency restrictions on its fire fighters. By 1977 he had moved to the Barclay Farms section of Cherry Hill NJ.

Allen F. Hess passed away on January 22, 2001, survived by his wife, the former C. Marion Davis, son Allen F. Hess Jr., daughters Patty Janus and Joann Erenhouse, and six grandchildren.  

In the staff office at Fire Headquarters (kneeling from left) Fireman Ernest Tartaglia, Fireman Howard Lewis, Fireman Harrison MacNeir; (standing from left) Captain Allen Hess, Fireman Dominic Dalanni, Fireman Henry Keubler, Chief Harry Wagner, Fireman James Troutman, Chief Edward Michalak, Fireman James Smith, Chief Edward MacDowell, Fireman John Yates, and Fireman George Wade. - 1961

Commissioner of Public Safety Edward Garrity presents Chief of Department Edward McDowell with municipal proclamation, January 1961. Members in attendance, (from left) Fireman George Wade, Fireman Harrison MacNeir, Fireman John Gaffney, Fireman James Troutman, Fireman Ernest Tartaglia, Captain Allen Hess, Fireman John Yates, District Chief Harry Wagner (obscured), District Chief Edward Michalak, Fireman Dominick Dalanni, Fireman Howard Lewis, and Fireman Henry Keubler.

Camden Courier-Post * June 14, 1966

Allen F. Hess - Mickle Street - John J. Giuliano - North 38th Street - Charles Patterson
Godfrey Patterson - Richard Brooks - North 34th Street - Roy Moffa - South 27th Street - Keith Kauffman

October 1968
Ladder Training at 502 Linden Street
Allen F. Hess - Richard Brooks - Ladder Company 1


 Camden Courier-Post - January 23, 2001

On January 22, 2001 Allen F. Hess Sr. age 74. Beloved husband of C. Marion (nee Davis) of Cherry Hill, NJ. Loving father of Allen F. Hess Jr. of Cinnaminson; Patty Janus of Mt. Laurel; and Joann Erenhouse of Elkins Park, PA, 6 grandchildren. Viewing Wednesday evening 7-9pm and Thursday 12 noon to 1pm in THE SCHETTER FUNERAL HOME 304 W. Rt. 70 Cherry Hill, NJ. Funeral service 1pm. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ.

 Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 2004

On June 27, 2004 (nee Davis) of Cherry Hill, NJ. Age 81. Beloved wife of the late Allen F. Hess, Sr.
Loving mother of Joann Erenhouse of Bethesda, MD, Allen F. Hess, Jr. of Cinnaminson, NJ, and Patricia Hess Janus of Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Devoted grandmother of Ryan, Chad, Ashlee, Amanda, Kyle, Heather; and great grandson Walter.
Viewing Thursday morning 11am to 1pm in the SCHETTER FUNERAL HOME, 304 W. Rt. 70, Cherry Hill, NJ. Funeral Service 1pm. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, NJ.