JOSEPH ADAM CHELHOWSKI was born in Philadelphia on November 19, 1915 to Mary and Joseph Chelhowski. He completed two years of high school before entering the workforce. He had married Helen Kopec and was living at 1047 Atlantic Avenue when the 1940 Camden City Directory was compiled. He then was working at the RCA-Victor factory. Joseph Chelhowski was working as a stock clerk when inducted into the United States Army drafted on January 29, 1942 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Joseph Chelhowski was appointed to the Camden Fire department on October 16, 1942. He was then serving in the United States Army and did not report for duty until after his return from the service. While in the Army Joseph A. Chelhowski saw action in Europe with the Company Headquarters unit of the Anti-tank Company, 274th Infantry Regiment, and had been promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant by the time he was discharged. His wife Helen worked at RCA-Victor while he was away at war.

Joseph Chelhowski returned to America aboard the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in New York on October 9, 1945. He returned to Camden, and on April 1, 1946 reported for duty with the Camden Fire Department.

Joseph and Helen Chelhowski were still living at 1047 Atlantic Avenue when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. By the fall of 1956 they had moved to 1324 Sheridan Street. 

Joseph Chelhowski was promoted to Captain on August 26, 1969. He retired on December 1, 1980 after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65. He was then still living at the Sheridan Street address.

Joseph Chelhowski died on February 20, 1992, survived by his wife Helen and son Dr. Joseph John Chelhowski. Helen Chelhowski joined her husband on June 23, 2000.

Camden Fire Department Personnel Record