Mario
Fattore


MARIO D. FATTORE was born in New Jersey on February 3, 1920 to Domenic and Domenica Fattore, who had come to America from Italy, in 1903 and 1913 respectively. Domenic Fattore worked as a cement finisher. Louis Fattore, named Luigi at birth, was their first child. He was followed by Mario, Domenic Jr., Mary, and Leona. There was also a step-son, Alberto J. Fattore. The family was living in 1930 at 926 South 5th Street in Camden NJ. The later moved to 826 South 5th Street

Older brother Louis Fattore enlisted into the Army in March of 1942 and reported to Fort Dix NJ. By October of 1942 he had been promoted to Sergeant, and was stationed at Fort Bragg NC. He volunteered for parachute duty, and was trained at Fort Benning GA. Assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), Louis Fattore took part in the invasion of Sicily, and was was killed in action there on July 21, 1943.


Mario Fattore enlisted in the United States Army in Camden on July 19, 1939. He was designated to serve in the Philippine Islands, however, as of this writing details of his service are unknown.

Mario Fattore married Alfred Ostruska around 1942. The marriage produced three children, daughters Kathi and Michelle, and son Louis Fattore.

On March 2, 1948 Mario Fattore was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He reported to duty with Engine Company 6 the following day. 

The 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory shows the Fattore family living at 1222 Morton Street. By October of 1959 they had moved to 1082 Thurman Street

Mario Fattore served with Engine 6 until health problems caused him to be temporarily assigned to the Fire School, on March 9, 1961. A few weeks later, on April 3, 1961 he was assigned to the Fire Marshall's office, where he remained until June 1, 1961 when he retired on a disability pension. 

Mario Fattore later moved to 4103 Camden Avenue in Pennsauken. He was living at that address in 1967 when his son Louis Fattore was appointed to the Camden Fire Department, where he would serve for seven years before leaving the department on a disability pension. By 1970 Mario Fattore had moved to Sloan Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey. He passed away on July 31, 1994. He was survived by his wife Alfreda and his three children.


Engine 6 Wagon and Pumper at Front & Linden Streets
circa 1948

Left column, from left: Captain William Deitz, Firemen Robert Dukes
Harrison Pike, Mario Fattore, Edwin Callahan
Right column, from left: Firemen Thomas McParland, Philip Farrow
Thomas Winstanley, James Stewart, Ernest Tartaglia, John "Shorty" Prucella

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Engine 6 Wagon and Pumper at Front & Linden Streets
circa 1949

On apparatus John Prucella and Harrison Pike- Motor Pump Operators, l to r: Philip Farrow, Edwin Callahan, Thomas McParland, Robert Dukes, Captain William Deitz, Thomas Winstanley, James Stewart, Mario Fattore, and Ernest Tartaglia

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Camden Courier-Post - June 1950

Engine Company 11 on a drill with the 2nd Platoon - Cramer Hill, 1956
From Left: Fireman Ed Kreher, Fireman Mario Fattore, Fireman Frank Deal, Captain Ed Robbins, Fireman Charles Bates

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