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Tracie J

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Sep 16, 2006
 
I want everyone's opinion about something. If Defender Fire Company of Audubon was to get a fire truck donated to them, will the people of Audubon want them back? I believe it was 10 years ago when Defender lost it's trucks to Number 1. They were in existance long before Audubon was a town. I just read the Audubon Fire Department's website and it only mentions Defender once saying that it was the fire company for neighboring Orston, NJ. Not to say that just a few years before the trucks were taken the town of Audubon celebrated Defender's 100th Anniversary. Why is the name still on the front of the Fire Hall? Why is the names of the fallen Fireman still there? Where is Defender's History in Audubon? The company can still exist and the station can function again. Here are a few closing memories.. Sellling Pretzels on the corner of Pine and White Horse Pike...Ben Thomas...Defender making Audubon PROUD when Their Ladder 124 was on the cover of Firehouse Magazine for October 1991.(but AFD doesn't put that in their photo page) I think it is sad when I learned that Ladder 124 was retired without the former members of Defender knowing about it! Anyone want to comment? These Fireman risked their lives to serve you and this is how you treat their history, by ignoring it!
Walt Boland

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Oct 5, 2006
 
Hi My Name is Walt Boland A Life Member of Defender Fire Company. I saw your message on Google about Elmer Ross. I would like to hear from you about Elmer Ross and Defender Fire Company. I am a Past President and Deputy Chief. If you send me EMAIL please make the subject Defender Fire Company. This will help me identify that it is not spam mail.
Hoping to hear from you.
Walter E. Boland
Walt Boland

Philadelphia, PA

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Feb 19, 2007
 
Tracie J wrote:
I want everyone's opinion about something. If Defender Fire Company of Audubon was to get a fire truck donated to them, will the people of Audubon want them back? I believe it was 10 years ago when Defender lost it's trucks to Number 1. They were in existance long before Audubon was a town. I just read the Audubon Fire Department's website and it only mentions Defender once saying that it was the fire company for neighboring Orston, NJ. Not to say that just a few years before the trucks were taken the town of Audubon celebrated Defender's 100th Anniversary. Why is the name still on the front of the Fire Hall? Why is the names of the fallen Fireman still there? Where is Defender's History in Audubon? The company can still exist and the station can function again. Here are a few closing memories.. Sellling Pretzels on the corner of Pine and White Horse Pike...Ben Thomas...Defender making Audubon PROUD when Their Ladder 124 was on the cover of Firehouse Magazine for October 1991.(but AFD doesn't put that in their photo page) I think it is sad when I learned that Ladder 124 was retired without the former members of Defender knowing about it! Anyone want to comment? These Fireman risked their lives to serve you and this is how you treat their history, by ignoring it!
Hi Traci
Do you know what happened to all the Defender pictures and records?
Walt past president life member since joined 1946
Walt Boland

Philadelphia, PA

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Feb 19, 2007
 
Does anyone know what happened to all of Defender
Fire Company pictures and Records?
Walt
Harry Bicking

Drexel Hill, PA

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Feb 23, 2007
 
I was an active member of Defender 1983-1985 when I took a leave of absence to accept the position of Lt. with the ambulance squad. This month marks 25 years with the squad. I'm still an EMT with Audubon but I'm out on a medical right now. I have a few Defender patches and mugs. I am a member of two other fire companies but still consider myself a Defender guy.
My e-mail is hbicking@hotmail.com and like Walt says put Defender Fire Co. in the subject line.
Harry Bicking

Drexel Hill, PA

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#6
Feb 23, 2007
 
Walt Boland wrote:
Does anyone know what happened to all of Defender
Fire Company pictures and Records?
Walt
I want to know what happened to the memorial to Joe Janda
kelsey

Blackwood, NJ

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#7
Apr 24, 2007
 
im an exsplorer for barrinton NJ fire company station 91 who hot is that
kelsey

Blackwood, NJ

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Apr 24, 2007
 
i have to take a test still but im going to pass lol idk
kelsey

Blackwood, NJ

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Apr 24, 2007
 
my step dad was in it that is what gets me started init i love all of the guys too.
Sean McCausland

Marlton, NJ

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#10
May 30, 2007
 
Once again I visited #1s web site and see no mention of Defender. What a sad thing, all the memories, friendships, and our loss of FF Joe Janda.Maybe someday DFC will get the credit they deserve. "DFC" still lives with all past members.The only fire deptartment in Audubon!!! Bitter you bet.
Sean McCausland346@comcast.net
Buddy Bicking

Newark, NJ

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#11
Jun 5, 2007
 
Hey Sean,
It's you old neighbor from across pine street. Remember the lumberyard fire in Oaklyn ?(1st one) It was my first 'job' with DFC and you were my Lt.
Great memories. Proud to have served with you and the guys at DFC.
Paul Johnston

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#12
Jan 18, 2008
 
Hey we need to have some kind of reunion for all Defender members. What do you think? Let's get together for old times sake.

Paul
luketarr@yahoo.com
also put Defender Fire Co as subject
Christopher Cunningham

Paducah, KY

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#13
Mar 20, 2008
 
My old station in Pennsylvania is selling there ladder truck and i used to live in Audubon Park and my dad and grandfather are life members of that fire co. and i wouldn't mind getting that station back up and running. I remember when i went for a tour at that station when i was in school.
Dan McCausland

Tempe, AZ

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#14
Oct 8, 2008
 
Hey folks...
I was browsing the computer tonight and stumbled across this site. I didn't know there was a sounding board about DFC.
I agree, it's sad that the borough did not merge the companies...it was a take over. I have many-many great memories of DFC. The brotherhood, the laughs, a few good jobs, Tuesday night marathons and yes...unfortunately the tragedy of losing our beloved brother Joe Janda - may he remain at peace.
I too wonder what became of the pictures from the walls on the second floor. Its certainly was a Who's-who of DFC lore. I would also like to find out what ever became of the 1955 Maxim pump.
As I look back, many great friendships were forged in that place.
I flew back to NJ last February to attend B/C Mark Kogut's retirement party and saw some folks I haven't seen in twenty-some years. It was a great evening and we revived some great times. I moved away from NJ after retiring from AC police in December 2006. It would be great to hear from folks from DFC. As with the others, please mention DFC as the subject.

Dan McCausland
Surprise, Arizona
DanMc1647@cox.net
e rodig

Woodbury, NJ

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#15
Nov 6, 2008
 
i too am curious about the history of defender fire co and audubon heavy rescue. my father eric rodig was a lt for the rescue co. and my grand father edward a rodig is a member too. i now restore antique fire engines for mooses antique fire brigade.( www.mafb23.com ) and would gladly help in any way to find and preserve the history of the co. if anyone has info on this topic please contact me at chevyslave666@yahoo.com
Wayne Eckert

Wenonah, NJ

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#16
Nov 7, 2008
 
I also just came across this site. Great to read comments from past members. Thats a shout out to Sean and Dan. Great memories, I miss the friendships of everyone. I see Ed B and Ed R, Tom, Cosmo,Murphy and I have run into John Berkett,and we always talk about the past. Defender is still the only real fire company in town.

wayne1121@hotmail.com
John Magill

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Dec 5, 2008
 
My Grandfather, John Magill Sr. was a member of Defender up until the time of his death, in fact he died there!

My other Grandfather, Al O'Neill, was a member of Audubon, so I have unique memories of both places.

I see this as a big part of the history of Audubon, and as such, should be addressed.

Economics was said to play a major role in the closing of DFC, so I seriously doubt if they would consider reopening when there's talk of regionalization in all other areas of municipal, and educational fields.

What I would like to see is Audubon Fire Department's website to have a page(s) dedicated to the company it has absorbed, DFC.

Although it will never restore Defender to operation status, I think the right thing to do is to acknowledge the history of DFC, and possibly let people post their good memories of being members there, or just attending many of the 4th of July celebrations.

Good to see so many familiar names here.

Take care,

John Magill
Audubon, NJ
e rodig

Woodbury, NJ

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#18
Dec 18, 2008
 
it is with great sadness i let the defender/audubon heavy rescue members know of the passing of john jaminson. he passed 12/10/2008. he will be greatly missed.
Defender Fire Company

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Jan 19, 2009
 
John Magill wrote:
My Grandfather, John Magill Sr. was a member of Defender up until the time of his death, in fact he died there!
My other Grandfather, Al O'Neill, was a member of Audubon, so I have unique memories of both places.
I see this as a big part of the history of Audubon, and as such, should be addressed.
Economics was said to play a major role in the closing of DFC, so I seriously doubt if they would consider reopening when there's talk of regionalization in all other areas of municipal, and educational fields.
What I would like to see is Audubon Fire Department's website to have a page(s) dedicated to the company it has absorbed, DFC.
Although it will never restore Defender to operation status, I think the right thing to do is to acknowledge the history of DFC, and possibly let people post their good memories of being members there, or just attending many of the 4th of July celebrations.
Good to see so many familiar names here.
Take care,
John Magill
Audubon, NJ
Hi John my name is Walter E. Boland I joined Defender Fire Company in 1945 with wy cousin Herb.
I was a friend of John Sr. I am 84 years old and live in Glenolden, PA. It would be nice if someone could put on a WEBSITE for Defender. I came accross this website scrolling the net.
Walter E. Boland WEB
waltbol@aol.com
Frankie Thompson Jr

Villa Rica, GA

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Mar 27, 2009
 
The day they closed down Defender we all lost a part of our lives. I was never a firefighter there but I grew up in the station, my father being a life time member. I learned a lot from the guys over the years. Ben, George, Noey, Mikey, John, Jimmy the list could go on forever. There was just something special about that station and its crew. They were the pride of camden county for years, DFC's ladder 124 saved so many surrounding towns gloucester, camden ,mt ephriam. They were the only true ladder company around. I am now a career firefighter in atlanta,ga and I only wish we had the knowledge, skills, and brotherhood that station and crew had. I have pictures of my father and myself sitting on the tail of engine 121 when I was 4 yrs old. Because of that station and those guys it made me persue a career in firefighting. Its a shame how #1 hasnt show any respect for Defender but they never did. But we all know who was the best station in town and who we could count on. They might have took the trucks, and the station might not run calls anymore but it still lives on in everyones hearts. That station is a legend and legends live forever.If you guys never heard it "Good job brothers and thank you for all the years of service."

Frankie Thompson Jr.
frank115@charter.net
P.S. I have many pictures of the trucks and stations, a badge, an old coat, some helmets, and a patch.

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