William J. Cleary

William J. Cleary

William J. Cleary, born in Philadelphia on August 23, 1908, entered the service of the Camden Fire Department on September 29, 1940. Initially assigned to the role of a hoseman in Engine Company 3 at 1813 Broadway on October 15, 1940, Cleary’s dedication to his career faced a temporary interruption when he was drafted into the United States Army on February 18, 1941.

Upon his return to Camden, William Cleary resumed his duties at Engine Company 3 on December 1, 1941. The outbreak of World War II saw him being recalled to active duty with the United States Army on January 23, 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Cleary’s commitment to the nation persisted until his discharge on October 5, 1945. Throughout this period, he resided at the Young Men’s Christian Association building at 614 Federal Street. His unmarried status persisted at least until 1947, following which he relocated to 2012 Wayne Avenue in Cramer Hill.

Rejoining the ranks of Engine Company 3, William Cleary achieved the rank of Captain on June 15, 1951. Subsequently, he was assigned to Engine Company 9, stationed at the East Camden firehouse on North 27th Street and Federal Street. He continued to serve diligently with Engine Company 9 until his well-earned retirement on July 1, 1973.

The passing of William Cleary occurred on February 23, 1975, marking the end of a dedicated career and leaving behind a legacy of commitment and service within the Camden Fire Department.


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    William J. Cleary, born in Philadelphia on August 23, 1908, entered the service of the Camden Fire Department on September 29, 1940. Initially assigned to the role of a hoseman in Engine Company 3 at 1813 Broadway on October 15, 1940, Cleary’s dedication to his career faced a temporary interruption when he was drafted into…

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