WILLIAM B. "BILL" YOUNG was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in July of 1962, and served for over 30 years, until retiring in October of 1992. After being promoted to Captain, he spent some time with Engine 9 in East Camden. He lived for many years in the Fairview section of Camden, where he was a member of the Independent Citizens Athletic Club (I.C.A.C,). Bill Young was last a resident of Westville, New 

Jersey. He passed away suddenly a result of a heart condition brought on by high blood pressure on November 21, 2013.

As a Captain, he led many younger men who became career firefighters with the Camden Fire Department. Retired Chief Fire marshal Ralph Roberts recalled Captain Young:

"He was my first permanent Captain at Engine 9. I must say, he took me under his wings. He affectionately called me "Ralphie". I'm going to miss him."

Camden Courier-Post * July 25, 1962

9 Firemen Graduate In City Test

Graduation exercises for nine of the city's newest firemen were held Tuesday in headquarters at 3rd and Arch Streets under direction of Public Safety Director Bedell and Fire Chief Edward R. MacDowell.

The graduates and their assignments are Joseph Anderson, Canterbury Apartments, No. 1 Ladder; Prescott Johnson, 1238 Kenwood Avenue, No. 8 Engine; Philip Maycott, 1023 North 32nd Street, No. 9 Engine; George Getty, Canterbury Apartments, No. 2 Engine; Ronald Bowers, 617 Clinton Street, No. 2 Ladder; William Young, 3167 Westfield Avenue, No. 2 Engine Company; Wayne Kraft, 1052 N. 35th Street, No. 3 Ladder; Raymond Eldridge, 7 North Dudley Street, No. 7 Engine; and Donald Goehringer, 30 North 24th Street, No. 7 Engine Company.

They will receive a starting salary of $4,800. Chief MacDowell said this brings the department to 170 hosemen and to 224 total personnel in the department. 

All nine were graduated after receiving three weeks of training at the fire school under the direction of Captain Leo J. Tompkins.

Their training also included two days at the Navy Fire School at the Philadelphia Naval Base.

Camden Courier-Post * June 28, 1968


Kenneth Clark
Joseph R. Gfrorer
George D. Getty
John Dimaggio
Joseph J. Anderson
Philip A. Maycott
James McMaster
William D. Hillman
Joseph Arensberg
Robert E. Briggs
John S. Brzozowski
Edmund F. Gorcczynski
Anthony F. Orme
William B. Young
William D. Ayers
Joseph Dowhy Sr.
James O. Jones
Joseph Chelhowski
James T. Robinson
Anthony D. Moffa
Robert E. Davenport
John F. Gaffney Jr.
Albert E. Collum Jr.

Robert D. Craig - Edwin Hoffman - Flem Hopkins Jr. - Joseph Fox - Charles W. Cahilly - Edward Bush
John F. Oppman - Gary E. Miller - Donald Tymusczuk - Joseph A. Broccoli - Richard W. Merta
Robert G. Gibson - Elwood L. Ridge - Joseph E. Benton - David Vautier Jr. - Frank R. Pedano

 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.

Camden Courier-Post * November 23, 2013

William B. "Bill" "Captain" Young

AGE: 74 Westville

Suddenly, On November 21, 2013. Age 74. Of Westville since 2003. Formerly of the Fairview section of Camden. 

Loving son of the late Abraham and Mildred Young (nee Merrell). Cherished Brother of Patricia (late John ) Fontaine of Birmingham, Alabama, David (Connie) Young of Erial and the late Shirley Dooley. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Dearest friend of Patty Keenan Walter of Gloucester City. Lifelong and Best friend of Ben (Bobbie) Gismondi of West Collingswood Heights and Don (Kris) Oerlemans of Westville. 

Bill was born in Reading, PA and his family moved to Camden in 1946. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden and then attended the United States Armed Forces Institute. Bill proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961. He started as a firefighter for the City of Camden on July 1, 1962. Bill was promoted to Captain in the fire department in 1968 and retired from Camden City Fire Department in October 1992. Bill was dedicated to the City of Camden and to fire service. After retirement, he worked as a waiter for the Latin Casino and Rickshaw Inn. Bill was a member of the ICAC Club in Fairview and Gloucester City. He enjoyed tennis. 

Relatives, friends, Camden City Fire Department and ICAC club are kindly invited to attend his visitation on Saturday, November 30 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME: 851 Monmouth Street, (at Brown Street) Gloucester City. Lutheran Funeral Service and U.S. Navy Military Honors 10:30 am in the funeral home. Cremation private and United States Naval Burial at Sea will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill's memory to the International Local Firefighters Union # 788 for Toys for Tots Program: P.O. Box 1071, Bellmawr, New Jersey 08099-1071. Please write in memo: William B. Young. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of William B. Young.

Philadelphia Inquirer - November 29, 2013

William Young, Camden Fire Department captain

by Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer

William B. Young, 74, of Westville, who retired in 1992 as a captain with the Camden Fire Department after a 30-year career, died of hypertensive vascular disease on Thursday, Nov. 21, at his home.

Born in Reading, Mr. Young graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden and served in the Navy from 1957 to 1961, where he was taught aircraft and shipboard firefighting.

"They teach them a certain amount of firefighting in the Navy, and he fell in love with it," brother David said.

As a shipboard firefighter, his brother said, Mr. Young spent part of his tour of duty in Italy.

Mr. Young joined the Camden Fire Department in 1962 and was promoted to captain in 1968.

"He was in charge of one engine company. When he was here, we had eight," Camden Fire Chief Mike Harper said. "He was always a funny guy, always energetic."

After retiring, Mr. Young worked as a waiter at the former Latin Casino and Rickshaw Inn, both in Cherry Hill.

He was a member of the Independent Citizens Athletic Club in Gloucester City.

Besides his brother, Mr. Young is survived by a sister.

A visitation was set from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, before a funeral service with military honors there at 10:30 a.m. Burial is to be private.

Donations may be made to the International Firefighters Union Local 788 for Toys for Tots, Box 1071, Bellmawr, N.J., 08099-1071.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccannhealey.com.

Camden Courier-Post * Legacy.com

William B. "Bill" "Captain" Young

November 26, 2013

My sincere condolences to Bills family.I just recently had dinner with Bill.I worked with him on the CFD for many years.He was a good friend and fireman.He will surely be missed.-Bob Lapp

~ Bob Lapp, Medford, New Jersey

November 26, 2013

My sincere Condolences to Dave & the family. I worked with Bill for many years in the fire dept. & in the restaurant business. He always knew how to make the worst jobs fun. We shared many laughs. You will be missed "Youngie" R.I.P. My Friend.

~ Rich Francesconi, Pennsauken, New Jersey

November 25, 2013

To Captain Bills Family, My sincere condolesants to " young Bill Young " family. I met Bill at the ICAC club 20 years ago. Bill always brought a smile to my face with all the stories he would share from the time in the Navy to his experiences in the fire department and as a waiter, maitre d' at the various restaurants, clubs. I am blessed to have known Bill and will remember him always God Bless

~ George R Plum, Deptford, New Jersey

November 25, 2013

To the Young Family: My deepest sympathy and condolences.
Billy and i go way back, he was a dear friend to many..Sorry
for your loss..

chick binder, Scullvile, N.J.

November 25, 2013

To Bills family - so strange thought about him yesterday such a good friend in high school - so handsome so well liked - he served on the Camden FD with my dad who was a District Chief at the time of his death in 1963 - many fond memories - may you find comfort


November 26, 2013

Rosemary, Patrick, Roseann, and John Healey would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and to assure the family that we will be there to help them in their time of need. Our prayers go out to you and your family at this time.

~ The Healey Family, Gloucester City, New Jersey

November 25, 2013

Condolences to the Young family from an old acquaintance from East Camden and a schoolmate of Dave. 

Nancy Bailey Croge
~ Nancy Croge, Runnemede, New Jersey.