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Walt Boland DFC

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#21
Jun 11, 2009
 
Hi Dan,Did you know John Martino from the Haddon
TWP police dept? He grew up on taylor ave in Auubon. I have his email address. My cousin Elsie
and Bob Schuler still live on Davis Avenue.
Walt
sean mccausland

Marlton, NJ

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#22
Jun 22, 2009
 
A reunion would be a great idea, if some interest is expressed,I,m sure we could get a group to get the ball rolling. Imagine talking about the old times.Dave Arons birthday every Tuesday,Tom Ottey and J Fred butting heads,Skala for chief,Bens hot buttered rum,T. Noe antics,so many great memories I hope we can get something together !!

sean mccausland 346@ comcast.net
Jack Ross

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#23
Jul 7, 2009
 
Walt Boland wrote:
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
Mr. Boland (Walt),
my name is Jack Ross, son of Elmer Ross. I am unaware of any "Google" posting regarding my dad, Elmer. Would you please update me on this post even though it is quite dated. I would be happy to respond/communicate with you on anything regarding Defender and what it meant to dad, or provide any other information you may need.
walt Boland

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#24
Jul 18, 2009
 
Jack Ross wrote:
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Mr. Boland (Walt),
my name is Jack Ross, son of Elmer Ross. I am unaware of any "Google" posting regarding my dad, Elmer. Would you please update me on this post even though it is quite dated. I would be happy to respond/communicate with you on anything regarding Defender and what it meant to dad, or provide any other information you may need.
Hi Jack
I just discovered your message by surfing around
your dad and I were good friends for many years
I joined the DFC in 1945 and I think your dad was about the same time. You can email me on waltbol@aol.com please make subject Defender.
Walt
walt Boland

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Jul 18, 2009
 
Hi Jack
I am 85 years old and not to swift on the computer. I just discovered your message by surfing around, You can email me at waltbol@aol.com Please make the subject DFC
Walt
DanMcC

Glendale, AZ

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#26
Sep 19, 2009
 
Walt Boland DFC wrote:
Hi Dan,Did you know John Martino from the Haddon
TWP police dept? He grew up on taylor ave in Auubon. I have his email address. My cousin Elsie
and Bob Schuler still live on Davis Avenue.
Walt
Hello Walt...sorry for the delay...my desk top computer laid an egg and we now have a laptop. I lost alot of information from the desk top, but now I'm back.
No sir, I do not know John Martino. As far as the Schuler's yes, my mom still speaks to Elsie on a regular basis. DFC was a great place and I have some wonderful memories. That building certainly had it's cast of characters. Hope all is well with you.
Dan
Walt Boland

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Oct 5, 2009
 
[ Hi Dan
I Understand computer problems they are great when all is well.
I read in one of your messages that you were with the AC police.
I cameback from Combat with the 8th AF in early 1945. I wanted to stay close to home so I volunteered to Be an MP. I patroled the Boardwalk 12 to 8 with an AC policeman many a nite. Then I became a Patrol Sergant and had a 10 man patrol. My last duty was leading the 1945 Miss America parade as Honor Guard. Glad to hear your mom
is in contact with Elsie I know she appreciates the suport.
Walt
Eric Burger

Vineland, NJ

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#28
Nov 2, 2009
 
My father, Al Burger, was a member of DFC for many years, and then went to #1. I have very fond memories of the old station. If anyone is interested, I am in the process of finding out if there is any memoribilia still stored in the station. If anyone would like to contact me, my e-mail is esb8103@hotmail.com.
Cory Puckett

Salisbury, MD

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#29
Feb 6, 2010
 
I can tell ya why DFC is gone at the time when the boro took away the equipment it was mostly due to the mayor at the time Al Murray who was a member of station #1 imagine that. Now im sure i dont have to tell ya why DFC got the shaft 1 year after their 100 year anniversary. plus the guys at #1 always had it in their heads that they were better than the guys at DFC i was a member of #1 back in 92 to 94. if anything im all for getting people together to donate a used but working pump and ladder truck to get them going again. there is never any mention about them on #1's website as they hope that DFC will be forgotten and so they can keep it in their heads that they are superior over other fire co's in the area. if anything DFC was the better station as it was literally in the center of the town
Mike Fahy

Ventnor City, NJ

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#30
Feb 13, 2010
 
I came across this site by accident. Reading the posts brought back a lot of memories. I was a member of Defender in the early 1960's. Fred Buckner was the chief and Bill Marsden was the Asst. Chief. I was assigned to that 75' Maxim ladder. What a mother that was to turn corners with no power steering. Ed Kenders was my captain. Some of the guys I remember were Herb Boland, Tom Ottey, Wilbur Hull, John Magill, and Ben Thomas. How could you think of Heavy Rescue without thinking of Frank Hull. I guess they have all passed by now but they are still remembered by the old Defender gang.
Mike Fahy
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PS: My cousin Jack Bell was chief for several years.
Tom Noe

Haddonfield, NJ

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#31
Feb 15, 2010
 
Hi guys, I'm here ! Hey Sean, what do you mean by antics ?

To this day I miss the fire company, the friendships, the work and the good things that we did. Cripes !
Jenni Sammut

Upper Darby, PA

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#32
Oct 21, 2010
 
My great grandfather became a member of DFC when Heavy Rescue joined them. His name was Tom Giberson. He passed away in 2000. I grew up with DFC and Heavy Resuce; was very upset when I found out they were closing. I wanted to join when I got older.
Harry Bicking

Newark, NJ

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#33
Sep 2, 2011
 
Just to let everyone know, Defender's ladder was sold to a collector from New York. I e-mailed the seller directly before it was sold and told him I wanted it but he decided to sell it to someone else for less than my offer. I have been in contact with the guy who will be doing the restoration work and have sent him some pics of 124 from back in the day.
Tracie J wrote:
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!
Frank Thompson Sr

Willingboro, NJ

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#34
Sep 21, 2011
 
Doing a little surfing on the net and found this.I often wonder also what happened to all the pics and stuff from Defender. I dont understand why no 1 hasnt went and got "Freds Rock". Only mention of Defenders history is on the decal on their Ladder. they do have the ship in the middle. What a shame.
Eric Burger

Vineland, NJ

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#35
Sep 22, 2011
 
From what I found out by talking to a Council member, all of the things are still upstairs in Defender's Hall, collecting dust. When I told him I was interested in knowing where the things were, he told me we could possibly arrange a meeting and go look at everything.
Harry Bicking

Newark, NJ

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#36
Sep 22, 2011
 
Eric Burger wrote:
From what I found out by talking to a Council member, all of the things are still upstairs in Defender's Hall, collecting dust. When I told him I was interested in knowing where the things were, he told me we could possibly arrange a meeting and go look at everything.
I'm in!
I'll drive over for a walk down memory lane.
hbicking at hotmail.com
Please put Defender in subject line.
E Rodriguez

Woodbury, NJ

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#37
Dec 26, 2012
 
I'm sad to say that on Christmas morning I lost my grandfather Edward a Rodig. I am currently a LT. With Woodbury fire dept. and can say that him and my father are what made me a proud firefighter today. He spoke very highly of every member of defender and Audubon heavy rescue. Especially Jimi mccauseland. 12/15/12
Jh Payne

Collingswood, NJ

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#38
Mar 16, 2013
 
My father was apart of DFC in Audubon, and I was always brought up, that DFC was the REAL fire company of Audubon... but due to politics, DFC got shut down... damn shame.
Dave Heckman jr

Somerdale, NJ

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#39
Sep 8, 2013
 
All the names and memories posted here sparks plenty of memories. As many may know dad was in the department for a dozen years or so through the 70's and into the 80's. I grew up climbing on both Maxim trucks (ladder and pump) and the hose wagon. I recall the new ladder and the housing around 76. Helping out on Saturday clean ups, shuffle board, shooting pool, sitting at the bar eating a free hot dog on many a 4th of July and sitting in the lounge while waiting for trucks to return from a call
I drive by the Defender building with a tear of sorrow and resentment knowing "the other company" won out because of politics and not performance is a tragedy. Dad still reminisces of the great days at Defender, many of the names here I recognize and to you fellows I salute you, thank you for the memories ........
Chuck Gordinier

Sicklerville, NJ

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#40
Nov 1, 2013
 
I was a member of the Heavy Rescue from 1959-1964 or so. It was an arm of the Civil Defense organization then with Harold "Pud" Mullen Director. We would respond to structure fires in town with Defender and perform support services for them. My brother, Glenn, stayed on after I moved away. I don't know when the unit was deactivated. Can anyone tell me? A few years ago, I saw our Dodge rescue truck painted black sitting on the apron of what used to be the ambulance building. It was marked "Office of Emergency Management" and looked very sad. Those were great days for me, I learned a lot and FAST.
Bill Marsden, Ottey, Bill Harmon got 121 out quickly. L-124 went everywhere.

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