EDWARD J. BRENDLINGER was born in Camden on May 20, 1927 to Edward and Myrtle Brendlinger. The family, which included an older sister named Myrtle after her mother, had moved to Camden shortly before he was born. The 1930 Census shows the family living in the Poets' Row section of North Camden, at 235 Byron Street. Next door at 237 lived the Harry Janice Sr. family, son Harry Janice Jr., a few years older than Edward Brendlinger, later served on the Camden Board of Education and was politically active much of his life. Another son, Richard Janice, followed Ed Brendlinger onto the Camden Fire Department where they both served many years. 

The Brendlingers had two more children after the 1930 Census, Fred and Kathleen. The elder Brendlinger supported his family as a sign painter.

After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Edward Brendlinger returned to Camden. The 1947 City Directory shows him living with his wife, the former Harriet Holshue, at 439 Chambers Avenue  

in South Camden. His parents had left the city, eventually moving to Maple Shade. By 1959 the Edward and Harriet Brendlinger had moved to 1104 Fairview Street where they lived into the 1980s. They later moved to Bellmawr, New Jersey.

On December 29, 1950 Edward J. Brendlinger was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He reported for duty on January 1, 1951. Edward Brendlinger was serving with Rescue Company 1 in 1963.

On December 1, 1965 Edward J. Brendlinger was promoted to the rank of Camden. He served with Engine Company 10 in the early 1970s. He retired exactly 16 years later, on December 1, 1981. He apparently ran an electrical contracting business out of the Fairview address for several years.

Edward J. Brendlinger died on October 10, 2003, survived by his wife, three children, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his younger brother and sister.

Camden Courier-Post - February 16, 1952
Woman Gas Victim Saved by Camden Rescue Squad

The hour-long effort of a fire department rescue squad Friday night saved a woman who tried to kill herself by gas.

Police said Mrs. Florence Marshall, 46, of 330 North Tenth Street, locked herself in the bathroom and turned on a gas jet. They added she was despondent because her daughter, Eva, 22, was planning to marry and leave

A son, William, 19, broke down the bathroom door and dragged the mother from the room. Patrolmen John Voll and Harrison Wilkinson were called and 
summoned the rescue squad headed by Captains Godfrey Patterson and George Boone.

It took the squad an hour to revive Mrs. Marshall by artificial respiration. She was taken to Cooper hospital and later to police headquarters, where she was released for a hearing Monday on a charge of attempted suicide.

Other members of Rescue Squad 1 are George Baxter, William Watkin, John Mogck, Edward Brendllnger, Arthur Ballinghoff, Christopher Moll, Edwin Decker, Carl Wirtz, Robert Olesiewicz, John Kolessar and Raymond Banford.


Camden Courier-Post * August 12, 1954

NO HOPE is expressed in the face of this fireman as he and other firemen vainly try to revive Riley Drummond,12, and his sister, Terry, 7, two of the three Drummond children who drowned Wednesday afternoon at Cooper River Park. The body of the third victim, Mary, 8, was taken from the river five hours later. Shown working (left to right) are Fireman Wesley Faust, Captain Arthur Batten, Firemen John Yates, of Rescue Squad 1, Mario Fattore, of Engine 3, and Henry Keubler, of Engine 3.



Edward Brendlinger - Harry Wagner - Chestnut Street - Dr. William A. West
Terry Drummond - Josephine Drummond - Karl Drummond - Riley Drummond - Mary Drummond
Joseph Drummond - Viola Drummond Ringo - Albert J. Davis

Camden Courier-Post * August 19, 1957

Firemen Here Get Advanced First Aid Course

More than 40 members of the Camden Fire Department have completed the Red Cross course in advanced first aid according to announcement today by Howard F. Keller, Collingswood, chairman of the Camden County Chapter's first aid committee. 

Instruction sessions were under the direction of Fire Chief William V. Pfefferle, Drillmaster Anthony Dzinski, a member of the local chapter first aid group, assisted by Nicholas E. George, were instructors. Dzinski is a member of the Red Cross faculty at the National Aquatic School held in this area each year for instruction in advance safety techniques. Dick Harris, director of Red Cross safety services, supervised.

All members of the graduating class are personnel of several units housed at fire department headquarters here. These include the Headquarters Company, Engine Company 2, Rescue Squad 1 and Truck Company 1. These groups include: 

Rescue Squad: Captains Arthur Batten, Philip A. Stinger and Albert Weller; Edward Brendlinger, Harrison MacNeir, Robert Olesiewicz and James W. Smith.

Headquarters Company: Raymond Banford, John K. Voll and John W. Yates.

Truck Company 1: Captains Daniel Jiannetto, Robert E. Dukes and Otto V. Kaiser; William Watkin, Chester Gedrich, George Baxter, John Mogck, George C. Hennessy, Charles Devlin, Ambrose W. Faust, Joseph McTaggart, Howard R. Taggart, William G. Winstanley and Elmer Johnson Jr.

Engine Company 2: Captains James R. Asher, Thomas Winstanley; Carl Wirtz, James McGrory, Edwin V. Decker, James Stewart, Francis X. McTaggart, Anthony T. Orme, Mario D. Fattore, James O. Jones, Francis P. Stibi, William Hopkins, Robert E. Briggs, John Guiliano, Casper Martelli, Harold H. Pike, John J. Vane, William Stibi, John DiMaggio and Harry Kleinfelder.

 July 18, 1960- An industrial accident with a fatality, at the Cooper River at Baird Avenue. A Front end loader flipped off the embankment pinning the operator underwater. 

In the foreground without shirt: Battalion Chief William Deitz, 2nd Battalion, who first arrived at scene and attempted rescue of operator. Members of Rescue Company 1 are Fireman Edward Brendlinger (kneeling on the machine's wheel) and Firemen John Mogck Jr. and James McGrory in the boat. Battalion Chief Deitz would later be killed in the line of duty and Fireman John Mogck would become Chief of Department.

Captain Edward Brendlinger of Engine Company 10
with Battalion Chief Thomas McCabe of 2nd Battalion
at a Fourth alarm fire in South Camden, 1971

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Publication date: 10/12/03

On October 10, 2003, age 76, of Bellmawr, NJ.
Beloved husband of Harriet E. (nee Holshue). Loving father of Carol H. Siwakowski of Gloucester, Edward J. Jr., of Bellmawr, Kathleen G. of Bellmawr. Grandfather of Edward J. Correll of Bellmawr, Carol Ann Correll of Gloucester, Patricia Krumin of West Collingswood Hts. Great-grandfather of Jordan Correll, Tyler Correll, Kira Correll, Alyssa Tomasetto, Amber Krumin. Brother of Frederick of Sewell, NJ, Kathleen Vitosky of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Mr. Brendlinger was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy. He retired as a Captain for the Camden City Fire Department, and was a member of VFW Post 7410 in Bellmawr.
Relatives & Friends of the Family are kind
ly invited to attend His Visitation Monday evening 7 to 9PM and Tuesday morning from 10 to 11AM at the Funeral Home of INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Rd., Pennsauken, NJ 08109. Funeral Service to follow at 11AM. Interment Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ.