Howard
L.
Gick


HOWARD LAMBERT GICK was born on August 22, 1895 in Camden NJ. His father, Robert Gick, was a firefighter, beginning his career as a volunteer with Pavonia Hose Company No. 3 at Cambridge Avenue and River Road. Robert Gick was elected Chief of the Stockton Fire Department in 1897, and joined Camden's paid fire department when Stockton was merged into Camden, eventually becoming Lieutenant of Hose and Chemical Company Number 2.

Howard Gick grew up at 924 North 26th Street. He followed his brother Joseph Gick and his father into the Camden Fire Department in 1923, and stayed with the department until his retirement in 1956. Fire Department record from 1931 show him living at 73 South 24th Street. By 1940 he had reached the rank of Captain, and was living at 2781 Stevens Street in East Camden, not far from his command, Engine Company 9, quartered at 27th & Federal Street. Before his retirement he had risen to District Chief.

After retirement Howard Gick took a post as the Fire Inspector at the Garden State Racetrack in Delaware Township (present-day Cherry Hill) NJ, where he remained employed until his death on June 4, 1968.


Hook & Ladder Company 3, Hose & Chemical Company 1 & Engine Company 9 - 1924

Hook & Ladder Company 3: Captain Joseph B. Ayres, FF Dave Humphries, Al Dukes, John Mulligan, Bill Mountney, Bill Hopkins. Hose & Chemical Company 1: Captain Charles H. Robinson, FF William E "Pud" Jaeckel, George Townsend, Ken Naylor, Howard Gick. Engine Company 9: Captain John H. Vickers, FF Irv Lederman, Newton Ash, Joe Gentlesk, Al Palmer


John Voll, Edward Peraria, Howard Gick, Captain Eli Hunt and George Townsend, firefighters from Engine Company 9, based on Twenty-seventh Street, take a moment together following a fire on a rainy night in December 1928, seen here in the first row from left to right. The blaze involved the offices of Leon E. Todd at 2623 Westfield Avenue. Todd was a realtor who helped develop Medford Lakes.


Engine Company 9 & Ladder Company 3
Engine Company 9 & Ladder Company 3 - circa 1946
John Mulligan passed away on July 28, 1947

E9 Tim Shanahan, Howard "Waxie" Harrington, Howard Gick, unknown, Newton Ash
L3
Johnny Mulligan, Dave Humphries. Clarence Madden, Harry Allebach , unknown, Henry Zook


Camden Courier-Post - June 5, 1968

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