JOHN ANTHONY DE LUCA was born on August 28, 1947 to Ferdinand DeLuca and his wife, the former Angela M. Forte in Philadelphia. He was one of three children, the others being brother Dominic and sister Angel Deluca. 

John Anthony Deluca was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 29, 1968 and reported for duty the same day. He initially served with Engine Company 8. Over the next 14 years he would work at Ladder Company 2, Engine Company 6, Ladder Company 3, Engine Company 10, and with Ambulance #2. He was qualified to work as a pump operator, driver, tillerman, aerial operator and as acting captain. 

John A DeLuca lived at 143 Eutaw Avenue in East Camden. By 1980 he had moved to 506 Beechwood Avenue in Cherry Hill NJ.

John DeLuca resigned from the Camden Fire Department on June 8, 1982. He passed away on September 24, 1992. He was survived by his mother, brother and sister, wife Angela, and at least one child, son John Anthony DeLuca Jr.

 Camden Courier-Post * December 26, 1968


25 Firemen Finish Training

In a move aimed at staffing the Camden Fire Department for a new 42-hour work week. 25 probationary firemen will be graduated from the city fire academy Monday and 10 fire officers will be given promotions Tuesday. 

Heading the list of fire officer promotions will be the selection of Battalion Chief Anthony C. Saponare, 51, of 117 S. 27th Street, Camden, as deputy fire chief. The new deputy chief is a 26-year veteran on the city fire force.

Two fire captains to be promoted to battalion chief are Matthew J. Davies, Jr., 36, of 2819 Carman Street, Camden, and James H. Stewart, 54, of 317 Garden Avenue, Camden.

Seven firemen to be named captains include William D. Hillman. 29, of 11 Crestfair Apartments, Camden; Joseph H. Arensberg, 32, of 1041 N. 32nd Street, Camden; Robert E. Briggs, 48, of 2861 Congress Road, Camden; and John Brzozowski, 28, 371 N. 34th Street, Camden.

Also to be named captains are Edmund F. Gorczynski, 36, of 272 N. 33rd Street, Camden; Anthony T. Orme, 44, 3317 River Road, Camden; and William B. Young, 29, of 1126 N. 33rd Street, Camden.

The new firemen include Richard E. Johnson, Thomas H. Eckel, Ronald C. Crowder, John A. DeLuca, Peter P. Carbone, Robert P. Hand, Robert M. Lapp, Jerome A. Kee, Thomas V. Kane, Charles E. Mayo, James C. Peterson and George S. Szychulski, all of Camden.

Other slated fire school graduates are Ronald Angemi, Robert C. Welch, Robert G. Boyle, Glenn H. Moore, Marvin W. Bendy, Thomas J. DiBiaso, Arthur J. Gibson, Daniel J. Galasso, Samuel Battle Jr., Ronald J. Boyle, Jerome J. Watson, George R. Abbey, 3rd., and William H. Huelas, all of Camden.

The appointments of all 35 men become effective Jan. 1, 1969.