Camden Fire Department
The Fires of the Summer of 2011
September 1, 2011
BROTHERHOOD


The last 12 months have been filled with chaos, uncertainty, layoffs, demotions, re-hirings, arsons, catastrophes, re-promotions, and distractions of all sorts. Fortunately for the citizens and taxpayers in the City of Camden, the Camden Fire Department, despite the beating it has taken from politicians, so-called journalists, and all number of people who should know better, never lost sight of its priorities, of what is important. 

Perhaps only those who spend a lot of time dealing with destruction and carnage at the risk of their own safety get this.... that one must depend on the man or woman next to you, and that others are depending on you in kind. Some call it the foxhole mentality, and that is probably an appropriate analogy. The book Camden Fire Department: 1869-1994, which commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Department, refers to firefighting and it's related activities as "the never-ending war". It is a war that has taken the lives of 23 firefighters on active duty, shortened the lives of many more through exposure to smoke and chemicals, and left many others injured.

This all being said, down through the years the Camden Fire Department's current and former members have associated on and off duty in various ways, both for mutual aid and socially. The Department's roots lay in volunteer companies. In the last century their were groups such as the Fireman's Mutual Benevolent Association and the Camden Police & Fire Association which facilitated strengthening the bonds between brother responders from all parts of the city. Today the tradition continues, with events put together by people of good will, both active members and retirees. A number of fund-raising events were held to assist laid-off members of the Department have been held in 2011.

On September 1st, 2011 on-duty and retired members of the Camden Fire Department and other members of the community came together at the firehouse at Broadway and Liberty Street for an evening of fellowship and good will. Another event, the Third Annual Camden Fire Department Reunion Dinner, is scheduled at The Pub restaurant on September 14, 2011.

This web page contains pictures from the September 1st event. Larger and higher resolution versions of each picture can be downloaded by clicking on the image desired. Thanks also to Dave Hernandez and Dom Patricelli, who also were shooting pictures of this event. 

As with the web page covering other Camden Fire Department events, if you can identify anyone that I've missed, please e-mail me. (I'm terrible at at names and faces).

Phil Cohen
September 3, 2011

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First Row: Michael Miller, Angel Lopez, Larry Buckingham, Bullshit the Dog, Dom Petracelli, John DiMaggio, Don Johnson, Miguel Ramos, Eli Hall.

Second Row: Ed Glassman, Gabe Angemi, Joe Marini, Duane Goobic, James Johnston, 
Paul Matyjasik, Rodney Carter, Greg Murphy, Mike DiPascale, Mike Harper, Steve DiPompo, 
Joey DiPaolo, Tom Gravenissi, Mark Kogut, Anthony Church, Michael McCarthy, Mike Burke, Orlando Chandler, Dan Galasso, George Durar, Chris Baker, Frank Sandrock, Warren Everett.

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Why Two Versions of the Group Photo? So everyone could be seen, at least once!

First Row: Michael Miller, Angel Lopez, Larry Buckingham, Bullshit the Dog, Dom Petracelli, John DiMaggio, Don Johnson, Miguel Ramos, Eli Hall.

Second Row: Ed Glassman, Gabe Angemi, Joe Marini, Duane Goobic, James Johnston, Paul Matyjasik, Rodney Carter, Greg Murphy, Mike DiPascale, Mike Harper, Steve DiPompo, Joey DiPaolo, Tom Gravenissi, Mark Kogut, Anthony Church, Michael McCarthy, Mike Burke, Orlando Chandler, Dan Galasso, George Durar, Chris Baker, Frank Sandrock, Warren Everett.

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Frank Sandrock, James Johnston, Mark Harper

Eli Hall

Eli Hall, Frank Sandrock

Frank Sandrock, Chris Baker Frank Sandrock

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Frank Sandrock, James Johnston

George Durar

Joe Marini, George Durar, James Johnston

Dom Patrocelli

Duane Goobic, George Durar


Ed Glassman: "WTF"

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Ed Glassman, Joe Marini, Dom Patrocelli

Ed Glassman, Joe Marini

Michael McCarthy

Joey DiPaolo, _______________

Stteve DiPompo, Rodney Carter, Paul Matyjasik

Paul Matyjasik, James Johnston

Michael Burke

Dave Hernandez

Michael Miller

Joe Marini, Steve DiPompo, George Durar, James Johnston
also in picture, but blocked: Michael McCarthy, Frank Sandrock, Paul Matyjasik

From Left: Paul Matyjasik, Rodney Carter, Frank Sandrock, 
Ed Glassman, Dom Patrocelli, Duane Goobic, John Dimaggio

Frank Sandrock, Ed Glassman

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Orlando Chandler, Joey DiPaolo, Michael McCarthy

John Dimaggio

Miguel Ramos, Angel Lopez, Rodney Carter

Chief of Department Mike Harper, Greg Murphy

Warren Everett, Miguel Ramos

Dave Hernandez

Don Johnson

Joe Marini, Frank Sandrock

Mark Kogut, Duane Goobic, Steve DiPompo

Mark Kogut, Duane Goobic, Steve DiPompo

Mike DiPascale, Chief of Department Mike Harper

Paul Matyjasik, Ed Glassman

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Standing: Larry Buckingham, Warren Everett: Sitting: Greg Murphy, John Dimaggio

Standing: Larry Buckingham, Warren Everett
Sitting: Greg Murphy, John Dimaggio

Frank Sandrock, Anthony Church

Standing: Frank Sandrock, Anthony Church
Sitting: Dom Patrocelli, Chief of Department Mike Harper

George Durar, Dave Hernandez, Paul Matyjasik

Dave Hernandez

Dave Hernandez, Anthony Church

George Durar, Angelo Decaro, James Johnston

Rodney Carter

Angelo Decaro

Angelo Decaro, Dave Hernandez, Anthony Church

Paul Matyjasik, Steve DiPompo, Ed Glassman

Angelo Decaro, Paul Matyjasik

Angelo Decaro, Paul Matyjasik

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Standing: Larry Buckingham, Mike DiPascale
Sitting: Mark Kogut, Duane Goobic

Greg Murphy, John DiMaggio

Dom Patrocelli, Chief of Department Mike Harper, Greg Murphy, John DiMaggio

Michael Miller, Chris Baker

Michael Burke, Angelo Decaro

Chief of Department Mike Harper, Greg Murphy

Dave Hernandez, Gabe Angemi

Dave Hernandez, Gabe Angemi

Larry Buckingham, Paul Matyjasik

George Durar, James Johnston

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Frank Sandrock


Mark Kogut

Frank Sandrock, Dom Patrocelli, Warren Everett

Frank Sandrock, Warren Everett, Dom Patrocelli

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Sitting: John Dimaggio, Joey DiPaolo, Orlando Chandler,
Standing Mike DiPascale, Eli Hall, Chris Baker, Angelo Decaro

Sitting: John Dimaggio, Joey DiPaolo, Orlando Chandler,
Standing Mike DiPascale,Eli Hall, Chris Baker, Angelo Decaro

Angelo Decaro

Angelo Decaro

 

John DiMaggio

Foreground: Joey DiPaolo, Greg Murphy, Anthony Church
Background: George Durar, Dan Galasso, Angel Lopez

Anthony Church, Joey DiPaolo, Greg Murphy, Rodney Carter, Michael McCarthy

Anthony Church, Joey DiPaolo Greg Murphy, Rodney Carter, Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy, Greg Murphy, Rodney Carter

Anthony Church, Joey DiPaolo, Greg Murphy, Rodney Carter, Michael McCarthy

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Dom Patrocelli, Frank Sandrock, Mike DiPascale, Duane Goobic,
Mark Kogut, Steve DiPompo, Joe Marini

Michael McCarthy

Joey DiPaolo, Michael McCarthy

Frank Sandrock, Chief of Department Mike Harper

Eli Hall

Gabe Angemi, Angelo Decaro, Don Johnson, Joey DiPaolo

Gabe Angemi, Angelo Decaro, Don Johnson, Michael McCarthy, Joey DiPaolo

James Johnston

Joey DiPaolo

Angelo Decaro

Dan Galasso Joe Marini

Mark Kogut, Dan Galasso

Frank Sandrock, John DiMaggio

Joe Marini Don Johnson

Greg Murphy, Ed Glassman

Joe Marini Ed Glassman

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Eli Hall, Dave Hernandez

Frank Sandrock, John DiMaggio

Frank Sandrock, John DiMaggio

Frank Sandrock, Joe Marini, John DiMaggio

Joe Marini, John DiMaggio

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Photographs by Dave Hernandez
Mike DiPascale, Frank Sandrock
Michael McCarthy, Tom Graminissi, Don Johnson, Dan Galasso
Paul Matyjasik, Rodney Carter, Frank Sandrock, Ed Glassman, Dom Patrocelli
Mike DiPascale, John DiMaggio
Paul Matyjasik
John DiMaggio
Don Johnson, Michael McCarthy, Joey DiPaolo, Angelo Decaro, Gabe Angemi
 
 

Frank Sandrock, John DiMaggio


Photographs by Dave Hernandez

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