Camden Fire Department
Engine Company
3


Located in what was then Camden's Eighth Ward, Engine Company 3 was organized on June 1, 1890 and entered service on the same date at 1813 Broadway, just south of Ferry Avenue in South Camden. Approval for the purchase of land for this firehouse and for that of the new Engine Company 4 had been granted on September 4, 1889.

Tragedy struck Engine 3 on April 7, 1968 when Fire Fighter Earl Smith Sr. suffered a fatal heart attack at the station house after returning from a working fire. 

After 96 years of service, the firehouse was vacated in 1986 due to serious structural defects. Engine Company 3 was shifted to the former headquarters of Ladder Company 2 at 619 Kaighn Avenue. The unit moved one again, this time to the headquarters of Ladder Company 4 at 2500 Morgan Boulevard, and was disbanded at some point after 1994.

The old firehouse at 1813 Broadway was sold to a private party, and was occupied as late as the fall of 2004. 


When first organized, Engine Company 3 consisted of a Foreman, an Engineer, a Driver, and two hosemen.

 The first members of Engine Company 3 are as follows.

Position

Name

Foreman

Mortimer Wilson

Engineer

Samuel Lodge

Driver

William Deno

Stoker

Joseph Reed

Hoseman

George W. Shields

Hoseman

John  Ware

Annual salaries for the members of the paid force in  1869 were $600 for the Engineer, $450 for the Driver and the Stoker and $50 for the extra men. All but the extra men were paid monthly. The Chief Marshall received $800, and the Assistant Marshall $200 per year as well.


Philadelphia Inquirer
December 21, 1889

Amedee Middleton - Peter Gray
Mort WIlson
Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 4


Philadelphia Inquirer - July 30, 1890
South 6th Street - Mechanic Street - John J. Hayes
Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 1
Samuel Lodge - Mortimer Wilson - William Bogia - Charles Robinson
Ladder Company 1 - Cooper Hospital - Daniel Scofield

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 12, 1894

Samuel Lodge - Engine Company 3


Philadelphia Inquirer
August 3, 1894

West Jersey Railroad
Improved Order of Red Men
Frank Crowell
Cramer Hill
Rev. Michael J. Haggerty
Samuel K. Hires
William Leaming
Liberty Street
John A. Dold
Engine Company No. 3


Engine Company 3

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1896

Clapp & Jones Second Class Steamer; Button Hose Carriage

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1896

Clapp & Jones Second Class Steamer


Camden Post-Telegram -  October 11, 1912
SUFFERED A STROKE DRIVING TEAM
Strapped to Seat, Lewis Buzine was Helpless in Run of Many Squares
MANY CLOSE CALLS FOR NO. 3 ENGINE

Stricken with paralysis while strapped to his seat of his engine Lewis Buzine, driver of No. 3 Engine Company, held the reins for many squares before his plight was discovered. Not until the horses were stopped by the apparatus striking the side of the engine house were fellow members of the company aware of his illness .

Answering a false alarm coming in from the new Colored High School at Eighth and Chestnut Streets, Stoker Samuel Lodge noticed that the engine was not being driven by Buzine with his usual care. On reaching Eighth and Chestnut Streets, and finding there was no fire Lodge ordered Buzine to drive near a horse trough for water to extinguish the embers under the engine. He was surprised when Buzine paid no heed to him.

 As the apparatus rolled in Chestnut Street Captain Charles Robinson, of No. 2 Chemical Engine Company on Kaighn Avenue got on behind with Lodge,

 As they neared Seventh street the rumble of an approaching electric train was heard. The horses were galloping and Lodge called to Buzine to drive more carefully. The gates dropped suddenly, the horses came to a quick halt and the train passed. Captain Robinson then pulled the bell and on the first clang the horses started with a jump, and unrestrained by the usually trained hand of the driver they sped along to Broadway when they turned suddenly, nearly crashing into the curb in front or Davis' saloon.

The animals then started down Broadway at full speed, narrowly escaping hitting many wagons.

 Shaken up and suffering from bruises on the hips and sides caused by being thrown against the engine as it wobbled from side to side, Stoker Lodge jumped when the horses veered into the engine house, and hurried to Buzine, supported by straps about his waist. The driver was leaning forward with his right arm hanging by his side.

 Not responding to questions Buzine, who is a brother of ex-Assistant Fire Chief Samuel Buzine was unstrapped and tenderly carried to his home at 1606 Broadway and Dr. Kirk was summoned. He feared that a ruptured blood vessel caused the paralysis of the right side. His condition today is serious.


Camden Post-Telegram -  October 14, 1912
PARALYSIS FATAL TO FIREMAN BUZINE

Lewis Buzine, who was stricken with paralysis while driving No. 3 Fire Engine, died at his home, 1606 Broadway, yesterday. He was 50 years of age and had been in the fire department for more than 20 years. He is survived by a widow and two daughters.

Buzine was a fine specimen of physical manhood. He was more than six feet tall in height, broad of chest and shoulder, and straight as an arrow. He was fearless in the discharge of his duties, but careful of the animals placed under his charge and a loyal and true companion to all with whom he came in contact.

The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon. The body can be viewed on Wednesday evening. The members of the Eighth Ward Republican Club have been notified to assemble at the headquarters in Wednesday evening and proceed to the house as a body.

In honor of the dead member No. 3 Engine House has been draped in mourning.


Camden Post-Telegram -  October 17, 1912

LAST HONORS TO FIREMAN BUZINE
Veteran Who Was Fatally Stricken on Engine Borne to Grave Today
UNIQUE OFFERING SENT BY COMRADES

Great crowds last night and today viewed the remains of Fireman Lewis Buzine who was fatally stricken with paralysis last Thursday while driving No. 3 engine. The body was exposed to view at his late home, 1606 Broadway, where services were held this afternoon.             

Last night nearly one hundred members of the Eighth Ward Republican Club were in attendance and paid their last respects. This afternoon the services were conducted by Reverend William Grum, pastor of the Trinity M. E. Church. 

Assistant Chief George Cox was in charge of the detail of firemen, numbering nearly fifty, every company being represented by one or more members, which acted as an escort to the body as it passed through the streets to New Camden Cemetery. The pallbearers were members of No. 3 Engine Company in charge of Captain Nicholas. 

The room was filled with choice floral designs. The Eighth Ward Republican Club sent a large star and crescent. The design from the Firemenís Mutual Benevolent Association was a large circle with a big "5" in the center, being the number of the local lodge. Members of No. 3 Engine Company of which Mr. Buzine was driver, sent a three-foot circle of white chrysanthemums and asters designed as a clock and bearing the inscription "The Last Alarm". The big figures "83" designated the number of the box from which the alarm came and in the center was the dial of a clock with the hands pointing to 1:32, the time the company left on what proved to be Buzineís last run. 

There were also many floral tributes from the family. The funeral arrangements were in charge of George Blake.


Philadelphia Inquirer - November 13, 1915

Engine Company 3 - Broadway - Kaighn Avenue - Daniel Smith - Arthur Wingate - Michael Brown
Andrew Fritz -
Locust Street - Cooper Hospital

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 25, 1917

Dr. Daniel Strock - Charles H. Ellis - Engine Company 3 


SOUTH CAMDEN

 Fire damaged a bedroom on the second floor at the home of Hyne Miller 972 Ferry Avenue, yesterday afternoon. The fire was caused, it is said, by a child playing with matches, which set fire to a bed covering. Firemen from No. 3 Engine and No. 2 Truck Company extinguished the blaze.

Eli Hunt, of No. 3 Engine Company, Broadway and Ferry Avenue, lost his glasses at the fire on Ferry Avenue.

Camden Courier
January 4, 1922


Camden Courier-Post * July 22, 1941
...continued...
...continued...
George E. Brunner - William C. Schriver - Leo G. Stephans - Sgt. Ray Smith
Fred Vogel - Samuel Shapiro -
James H. O'Brien - Albert C. Becker - Roy C. Adams
Burnell S. Hartman -
Michael Mungioli - Carrie R. Bean - Anne D. Spooner
Engine Company 1 - Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 8
Engine Company 9 - Engine Company 10 - Engine Company 11
Engine Company 2 (Fire Headquarters)

Camden Courier-Post
July 26, 1941

Engine Compnay 10
Engine Company 3
Ladder Company 2

Engine Company 3

January 3, 1915

Photo taken at the
Kaighn Avenue Ferry Fire 

LEFT: Engineer Daniel Smith Sr. RIGHT: Stoker Robert Whitley

January 3, 1915

Photo taken at the
Kaighn Avenue Ferry Fire 

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June 15, 1952

1928
American LaFrance
Combination
#6306

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June 15, 1952

1950
American LaFrance
Pumper
1000 gpm
L-4136

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about 1952

1950 Plymouth Coupe
used by the District Chief

Photo taken after July 1, 1951- probably June 15, 1952

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1953

American LaFrance
Pumper
1000 gpm

 

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1953

American LaFrance
Pumper
1000 gpm

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1953

American LaFrance
Pumper
1000 gpm

1960

1953 Dodge
Model B4T-154
Hose & Booster Wagon
Hale Pump - 200 gpm
160 gallon Tank

When you click on photo to enlarge, check out the Edsel parked at left!

1960

American LaFrance
Pumper
1000 gpm

1953

Dodge Hose Wagon Pumper
200 gpm

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Dodge Hose Wagon Pumper
200 gpm

1953

Dodge Hose Wagon Pumper
200 gpm

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for Supersized Image

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American LaFrance
Pumper
1000 gpm

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American LaFrance
Pumper
1000 gpm

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Battalion Chief's
1958 Plymouth
Station Wagon

Parked outside of0
1817 & 1819 Broadway

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1960s

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1960s

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1976

Pierce Pumper
1000 gpm


Engine Company 3 and the 3rd Battalion in quarters, Broadway & Ferry Avenue, South Camden. 1956.

Left to right, standing: Chief Joseph Guarino, Fireman John Chudzinski, Captain Edward Tyszko, Fireman Ernest Tartaglia, Fireman Santo DiMaggio; Kneeling: Fireman Adelbert Kirk, Fireman Angelo Borghero.


Engine Company 3 and the 3rd Battalion in quarters, Broadway & Ferry Avenue, South Camden. 1956.

Left to right, standing: Chief Edgar Ellender, Fireman George Wade, Fireman Howard Lewis, Captain Edward Michilak; Kneeling: Fireman George Torgun, Fireman Dominick Dalanni, Fireman Henry Keubler.


Camden Courier-Post * 1965

Edward V. Michalak - Keith Kauffman - Engine Company 3



Engine Company 3

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Engine Company 3 - 1986 Hahn Pumper


Engine Company 3

Engine
Company
3
Apparatus

1990s

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to Enlarge

 

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Engine Company 3 - 1990s

From left: Captain Joseph A. Broccoli, 
Firefighters Albert R. Frampton, Mark J. Kogut, & Ralph R. Jones

Engine Company 3

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3
Apparatus

2500
Morgan Boulevard
1990s


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Many of the above photographs are from the limited edition book "Fire Department Camden NJ 125 Anniversary 1869-1994" and were taken by Bob Bartosz. Others are courtesy of Joel Bain of the Camden Fire Department.

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