CHESTER J. GEDRICH was born on April 16, 1922. He was issued a Social Security Card in Pennsylvania prior to 1951, apparently moving to Camden in the late 1930s or the 1940s. He was one of a group of men appointed to the Camden Fire Department at the end of 1950. He was promoted to captain in 1962 and spent the latter part of his career with Ladder Company 3 in East Camden.

The 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory shows him living at 1226 Morton Street. He was still at that address as late as the fall of 1970, but is not listed there in 1977, apparently moving out of Camden once residency requirements were lifted for the city's uniformed fire fighters.

Captain Gedrich retired from the Camden Fire department after 30 years of service on February 1, 1981. He was living in Poulsbo, Washington in 1990, but by 2000 had returned to the East Coast. Telephone Directories show him residing in Trenton, New Jersey in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

According to Social Security records, Chester Gedrich last residence was in Trenton, New Jersey. He passed away on February 21, 2009.

In front of Fire Headquarters
North 5th and Arch Streets, 1958
Firemen Raymond Banford, James McGrory,
James Stewart, Chester Gedrich

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November 18, 1974

Captain Chester Gedrich
Firefighter Henry Keating
on ladder

March 11, 2009

It is with deep regret to announce the passing of retired Captain Chester Gedrich. He passed sometime last week. Captain Gedrich was born in 1922, appointed to the fire department in 1950, promoted to captain in 1962 and retired in 1981. I remember him as the Captain of Ladder 3, Group 1.

Greg Murphy
Camden Fire Department