THOMAS JAMES McCABE was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 21, 1926 to James M. and Gertrude McCabe. He went to school in Atlantic City and when in high school was the boy in the diving horse act at Steel Pier. The family came to Camden in the early 1940s. When the 1931 City Directory was compiled the McCabes lived at 418 South 27th Street, where they remained through 1927. Thomas McCabe served in the United States Navy during World War II. He returned to Camden after the war on December 1, 1953 Thomas McCabe was appointed to the Camden Fire Department

The 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory a\shows Thomas McCabe living at 385 Garden Avenue in East Camden. By 1959 he had moved to 3036 Stevens Street, where me made his home into the 1970s.

Thomas McCabe was promoted to Captain on September 1, 1962, and to Battalion Chief on November 29, 1968, working on Group 2. He retired on pension On January 1, 1981.

When residency restrictions were lifted for Camden police and firemen, Thomas McCabe moved to Pine Hill, New Jersey. He later moved to Absecon, New Jersey, and worked in security at Bally's Casino.

Thomas McCabe passed away on August 2, 2004.

Camden Courier-Post * November 30, 1953

3 Hosemen Made Fire Captains

Three hosemen were promoted to the rank of fire department captain today by Public Safety Commissioner E. George Aaron.

Aaron also announced the appointment of six new firemen and two new policemen. 

Thomas E. McParland, 1617 Euclid Avenue,, of No. 6 Engine Co.
Leonard F. Garbrecht, 5 Court G, Canterbury Apartments, of No. 10 Engine Co.; and Louis J. Martelli, 569 Line Street, of No. 8 Engine Co., were promoted to captaincies in the Fire Department.

The new firemen are Henry J. Keating, 3316 Lemuel Avenue, transferred from the Police Department; Thomas J. McCabe, 385 Garden Avenue; Orville Goldsboro, 293 Liberty Street; Carmen Ianelli, 310 Berkley Street; Michael Panelli, 802 South 6th Street, and Harrison W. MacNeir. 29 South 35th Street.

The new policemen are Michael A. R. Gimino, 925 North 22nd Street, and Vincent J. Wall, 12 Court H. Canterbury Apartments.

Camden Courier-Post * August 21, 1968

Boy, Girl Saved in City Fire

Two children were revived by artificial resuscitation last night after being rescued from flames which damaged a bedroom of their home.

The boy and girl, two-year-old Kenneth and eight-month-old Tracy, are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bagby of 2108 Van Buren Street, Camden.

They were rescued after fire broke out in a second floor bedroom of the home at 11:19 PM. They were asleep in the room at the time.

Fought Flames

The girl was rescued by James Robinson, acting captain of Engine Company Three. Robinson went through the building until he reached the bedroom.

According to Battalion Chief Thomas McCabe, Robinson fought his way through the flames and heat in the room to reach the child. The girl was not breathing when rescued, McCabe said, but. Robinson performed the artificial resuscitation.

The boy was rescued by Captain Chester Gedrich of Engine Company 10, who climbed a ladder to reach the bedroom. The youth was handed down the ladder and revived by fireman Joseph Lesniewski of Engine Company 10.

Taken to Hospital

The children were taken to West Jersey Hospital Northern Division, Camden, where they were examined and released.

Two other Bagby girls, five-year-old Dawn and six-year-old Kim, were next. door, at 2106 Van Buren Street, with their mother when the fire broke out.

Chief McCabe said he did not know the whereabouts of the father at the time of the fire.

Camden Courier-Post * March 9, 1973

Thomas McCabe - Robert Moore - Berkley Street - Thomas F. Broccoli - Engine Company 2



Camden Courier-Post * August 4, 2004

'Tom', age 76. On August 2, 2004, of Absecon. Born in Atlantic City and later resided in Camden and Atco. Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WWII, he was the retired Battalion Chief of the Camden City Fire Department, and later was employed at Bally's Casino.
Beloved husband of the late Betty Lou (nee Lafferty). He is survived by his sister, Gertrude, his daughters, Kathy Narcum of Turnersville, Maryann Gillen of Crawfordsville, IN and Teri McCabe-Frezz of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, and four grandchildren.
Visitation Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 591 New Jersey Avenue, Absecon, NJ, with burial to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin, NJ. Arrangements by the PARSELS FUNERAL HOME, Absecon, NJ (609-641-0071)