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Mr. Wallace, Personnel Manager; Chief George Baxter, Fire Marshall
|Camden Courier-Post - December 11, 1967|
Traffic, Hunting Mishaps Kill 5 During Weekend
Five New Jersey residents died in traffic and hunting accidents over the weekend. Two others remained in critical condition following major auto mishaps.
Ernest A. Tartaglia, 53, a member of the Camden fire department for the past 24 years, was fatally injured Saturday afternoon when his rescue truck collided with an automobile and overturned on him.
Tartaglia was responding to a grass fire at Point and Elm Streets when the accident occurred about 5 p.m. at 2nd and Cooper Streets. The drive of the automobile, identified as Norwood Allen, 24, of Vine Street near 6th, was slightly injured.
Fireman Louis Martelli, 54, of 322 Boyd Street was in the rescue vehicle when the accident occurred. Although shaken up by the crash, Martelli was able to use the truck radio to call for assistance.
A wrecking truck was brought to the scene and crewmen worked for 20 minutes to free the victim, who was pinned beneath the rescue vehicle. Tartaglia was pronounced dead at Cooper Hospital.
Allen was treated at the hospital for facial and scalp cuts and released. Martelli also was taken to the hospital but was later released after treatment for cuts.
Fire officials said three vehicles responded to the Point and Elm Streets grass fire and that two of them had safely passed the 2nd and Cooper Streets intersection when the accident occurred. Officials said Tartaglia's truck was sounding a siren at the time of the crash
Tartaglia, who lived at 1909 South 4th Street, is survived by his wife Mamie, two sons and two daughters.
Rescue Company 1
after it had been righted
December 9, 1967
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