Dean Hillman

WILLIAM D. "DEAN" HILLMAN was born in 1939. He was sworn in as a member of the Camden Fire Department on November 7, 1963. 

Dean Hillman was promoted to Captain on December 31, 1968. By January of 1974 he was serving as Acting Battalion Chief, in time he was confirmed in the rank. Dean Hillman retired from the Fire Department in 1996 after having served the City of Camden for thirty-three years and one month. Dean Hillman passed away at the New Jersey Firemen's Home at Boonton. New Jersey on August 14, 2018.

 Camden Courier-Post * November 7, 1963

Ralph Shaw - Hayes Avenue - Ronald T. Gorski - Kaighn Avenue - William Dean Hillman
Crestfair Drive - James McMaster -
Westfield Avenue - John Galanaugh - Merrimac Road
Anthony Dariano -
Mickle Street

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 * May 18, 1972

William "Dean" Hillman - John Giuliano - Robert Frymoyer - Helen Czech - Nicholas Novarro - Juan Novarro 
Jockie Yelverton - James Aide -
Mechanic Street - Baird Boulevard

Camden Courier-Post
May 18, 1972

John Giuliano
Mechanic Street


Camden Courier-Post
January 28, 1974

976 Woodland Avenue

Camden Courier-Post * January 28, 1974


Woodland Avenue - Benjamin Walters - William "Dean" Hillman - William Knoth Sr.
William Knoth Jr. - Martha Knoth - William Hill - Charles Hill - Harry Walker - Thomas Jernnings

Photos from Phil Cohen

George Kifferly, Bill Bain, Herb Leary, Dean Hillman, Jim Hillman
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Dave Yates, Dean Hillman, Jim Hillman; Lee Ryan in background
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Dean Hillman, Jim Hillman, Paul Matyjasik
Dean Hillman, Jim Hillman, Joe Lesniewski


William Dean Hillman, 78, of Woodbury Heights passed away on August 14, 2018. Born in Camden and raised in Gloucester City. He honorably served in the US Navy. Dean worked for the Camden City Fire Department for 33 years, retiring with the rank of Battalion Chief. 

He was predeceased by his son Leonard Brzozowski. Dean is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Barbara; his children, Denise (Harry) Laute, Kim Diaz, John Brzozowski, Dean (Lisa) Hillman, Dawn (John) Griffin, and William W. (Melissa) Hillman; brother, James (Yoshiko) Hillman; 12 grandchildren; several Great-Grandchildren; and his nieces, Christine Del Sordo, Lori O'Malley, and Robin Puccio.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 am to 11 am, on Friday, August 17th, at Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home, 2426 Cove Rd, in Pennsauken. A memorial service will follow at 11 am. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.