TO PROTECT AND SERVE

CAMDEN
FIRE FIGHTERS
Fallen in the Line of Duty


The City of Camden NJ has seen twenty-three of its fire fighters lay their lives down while serving the public interest. Fire fighting is a dangerous job, and many other men have been badly injured and disabled while protecting Camden and its residents over the years. Without a doubt the general public owes a debt of gratitude to its fire fighters and rescue squad personnell.

Phillip Cohen
Webmaster , dvrbs.com


This site constantly updates. If you have pictures or newspaper articles relating to these fallen heroes, please contact me by e-mail so arrangements can be made to include them on this website.

Phillip Cohen
Webmaster , www.dvrbs.com


Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Charles Berry

Joseph Ware

Dominick Persiani

Engine Company 4

Engine Company 1

Engine Company 7

November 1, 1892*

July 21, 1914

May 19, 1953

Fire Fighter

Captain

Fire Fighter

William Bogia

Martin Carrigan

Edward G. Glaze

Engine Company 1

Engine Company 3

Engine Company 7

October 20, 1894

January 19, 1922

February 8, 1958

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Battalion Chief

Wilson Bromley

James McDade

William Deitz

Engine Company 1

Engine Company 6

2nd Battalion HQ

February 28, 1896

July 4, 1922

November 14, 1962

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Captain

William Hillman

John Reilly

Leonard Iannelli

Ladder Company 2

Engine Company 4

Ladder Company 2

March 16, 1906

January 19, 1925

January 14, 1964

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

William Jobes

William Merrigan

Ernest Tartaglia

Engine Company 1

Engine Company 3

Rescue Company 1

March 16, 1906

July 30, 1940

December 9, 1967

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

George Shields

Frank Iannelli

Earl Smith

Ladder Company 2

Engine Company 9

Aide-3rd Battalion

March 16, 1906 

April 5, 1942

April 7, 1968

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Lewis Buzine

Earl Toy

Carmen Iannelli

Engine Company 3

Aide-1st Battalion

Engine Company 9

October 13, 1912

April 22, 1944*

Jun. 5, 1975

Chief of Department

Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter

Charles Worthington

Elwood Menzies

George M. Jackson

Fire Headquarters

Engine Company 8

Ladder Company 2

May 8, 1914

January 12, 1948

March 13, 2006

     
* Recently discovered information shows that Charles Berry died on March 21, 1893

Edward Jubb was a former Camden Fire Fighter who was killed while lending assistance to his brother fire fighters on May 9, 1894.


On September 9, 2006 the Camden Firemen's Memorial was formally dedicated. Relatives of all but 9 of the fallen were located prior to the ceremony. Photographs of the event taken by Bob Bartosz and Phil Cohen will be posted shortly.

Phil Cohen
September 9, 2006

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Dedication
of the
Camden
Firemen's Memorial
at
FIRE HEADQUARTERS
Third and Federal Streets
Camden NJ
 
Saturday September 9, 2006
9:00 AM

 

A video of the Dedication Ceremony can be seen here

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Dedication Ceremony - September 9, 2006
Photographs by Bob Bartosz
 

On September 9, 2006 the Camden NJ Fire Department celebrated their 137th Anniversary along with this they paid Tribute to twenty-four (24) Members who paid The Supreme Sacrifice.  The first member who Died In The Line Of Duty on November 1, 1892 and the last member who Died In The Line Of Duty on March 7, 2006.  After many months of work over sixty ( 60 ) Relatives and Family Members of fifteen ( 15 ) of the twenty-four ( 24 ) Fallen Fighters were found and invited to the Dedication and Ceremony of the Monument.   It was placed in front of Fire Headquarters at 3rd and Federal Streets.  Monsignor Michael Mannion gave the Invocation and blessing of the monument.  As a piper from the Camden Emerald Society played Amazing Grace, Camden's Chief of the Department Joseph Marini read out the name and date of each of the Fallen twenty-four ( 24 ) Fire Fighters with the strike of a fire bell.   Wreaths and flowers were placed by family members and Locals IAFF 788 and 2578 also by members of the Anniversary Committee.  Many of the family members were very grateful for this event and praised the Camden Fire Department for paying Tribute to their deceased Love Ones.

 
Members of the Persiani Family
The nephew and sister of Fire Fighter Dominick Persiani
Edward Glaze Jr., son of Fire Fighter Edward Glaze
Members of the Iannelli Family
Left: Olga Iannelli, widow of Captain Leonard Iannelli
Right: Jean Iannelli, widow of Fire Fighter Carmen Iannelli
Daughters of Fallen Fire Fighter William Deitz
Ginny Shapleigh, granddaughter of Fire Fighter Joseph Ware
at far left, with Edward Glaze Jr. (center), 
son of Fire Fighter Edward Glaze, and the Glaze grandchildren.
Ginny and Bob Shapleigh
Ginny's grandfather was fire fighter
Joseph Ware
Members of the Edward Glaze Family

Mrs. Blanche Polniak, second from left, is a cousin of the late Edward Glaze. Her husband, Ludwig Polniak, was a retired Camden fire fighter.

Chief Marini addressing the attendees
Chief Marini reading the names of the fallen. Lee Ryan at the bell.
Chief Marini reading the names of the fallen.
...a moment of silence...

...and a salute.
Wreath presented by I.A.F.F. Local 788
Members of the Ernest Tartaglia Family
Members of the Iannelli Family
From Left: Joanne Iannelli McAllister, Frank Iannelli,  
Jean Iannelli, Olga Iannelli, Dennis Iannelli
Three of the Anniversary & Monument Committee with wreaths.  Camden Fire Department Historian Lee Ryan, 
Camden Fire Department Fire Photographer Bob Bartosz, 
Retired Captain Richard Tate, Camden Fire Department

Grandchildren of the latest 
Fallen Fighter George Jackson
pay tribute to their Grandfather


Dedication Ceremony
September 9, 2006
Photographs by Phil Cohen
 
 
 
Daughters of Fallen Fire Fighter William Deitz
Members of the Persiani Family
The nephew and sister of Fire Fighter Dominick Persiani
Blackwood NJ Tower Ladder 44
Members of the Iannelli Family

Patricia Speckman, Arlene Schall, & Annie Giambrone 

Members of the Persiani family
Members of the Iannelli Family
John DeLuca Jr., John DeLuca Sr., Eleanor DeLuca,
Annie DeLuca, Jennie DeLuca, John DeLuca III
Members of the Iannelli Family
John DeLuca Jr., Eleanor DeLuca
 

Edward Glaze Jr. & Edward Glaze III (with cameras)
Jean Iannelli, Bob Bartosz, Olga Iannelli
Jean is the widow of Fire Fighter Carmen Iannelli,
Olga is the widow of Fallen Fire Fighter Leonard Iannelli
Livia Wrigley and Lee Ryan
Monsignor Michael Mannion
&
retired Camden Fire Department Captain John Maher
Camden Fire Department Fire Photographer Bob Bartosz

 
Dennis Iannelli, son of Captain Leonard Iannelli
Camden Fire Department Fire Marshal Ralph Roberts
 
Ed Stratton - Jose Berrios - Ed Frontado
Damon Truitt 

Monsignor Michael Mannion delivering the Invocation. To his left, Chief of Department Joseph Marini, to his right Fire Fighter Rodney Carter, Battalion Chief Darryl Lewison, Deputy Chief Greg Murphy, Deputy Chief Paul Price

Lee Ryan (wearing black shirt) tolls the bell for each of the Fallen
Ron Taylor, Bagpiper from the Camden Emerald Society
Chief of Department Joseph Marini read names of the Fallen
Chief of Department Joseph Marini,
Camden Fire Department
 
 
 
 
 
Members of the Persiani family
Bob & Ginny Shapleigh
Ginny's grandfather was fire fighter
Joseph Ware
 
Left: Captain John Honer, New Jersey  Division of Fire Safety 
Right: Deputy Chief Greg Murphy, Camden Fire Department

 

 
Camden Fire Fighter Orlando Torres
Dwayne Dixon - Chris Edwardfs
 
Left: Oaklyn Fire Department Assistant Chief Hudson
Right: Fire Fighter Aviles, Camden Fire Department
Right: Oaklyn Fire Department Assistant Chief Hudson
Left: Fire Fighter Aviles, Camden Fire Department

In foreground, Retired Camden Fire Department Captain John Maher talking to Fire Fighter Larry Smith, son of fallen Fire Fighter Earl Smith. Behind them, Mrs. Pat Bartosz speaking with Deputy Chief Paul Price (holding white hat).

Larry Smith, son of fallen Fire Fighter Earl Smith

Mrs. Blanche Polniak, second from left, is a cousin of the late Edward Glaze. Her husband, Ludwig Polniak, was a retired Camden fire fighter.


Edward Jubb was a former Camden Fire Fighter who was killed while lending assistance to his brother fire fighters on May 9, 1894


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