J. CLEARY was born in Philadelphia on August 23, 1908.
J. Cleary was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on
September 29, 1940. On October 15, 1940 he was assigned to Engine Company 3
at 1813 Broadway
as a hoseman. Single at the time, his career with the Fire
Department was interrupted when he was drafted into the United
States Army on February 18, 1941.
returned to Camden and was reassigned to Engine Company 3
on Monday, December 1, 1941. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor
the following Sunday, and on January 23, 1942 William Cleary was
recalled to active duty with the United States Army. He did not
return the the Fire Department until he was discharged on
October 5, 1945. Still unmarried, William Cleary was making his
home at the Young Men's Christian Association building, 614
Federal Street as late as 1947. He later moved to 2012 Wayne
Avenue in Cramer
Cleary once again returned to Engine Company 3.
he was promoted to Captain on June 15, 1951 and was assigned to Engine Company
9, quartered at the East
Camden firehouse at North
27th Street and Federal
Street. He served with Engine Company
9 until his retirement on July 1, 1973.
Cleary passed away on February 23, 1975.