JOHN DI MAGGIO was born is 1920 to Mary and John DiMaggio. His parents had lived at 811 Clare Street in the summer of 1917 and were still there in the spring of 1918. By January of 1920 the DiMaggio family was making its home at 319 Beckett Street in South Camden. John DiMaggio operated a DiMaggio's Sunoco Service Station at 1458 Haddon Avenue in the late 1940s and in the 1950s had DiMaggio's Esso Service Station at 915 South 3rd Street. Besides Santo, the family included two  brothers, Santo and Anthony.

Santo DiMaggio was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on January 13, 1951. He reported for duty three days later. Santo DiMaggio served with Engine Company 3 early in his career. John DiMaggio was appointed to the Department on February 1, 1951. 

John DiMaggio served for 39 years with the Camden Fire Department, retiring at the rank of Captain on March 1, 1990.

As well-loved a man who ever wore a fire helmet in the city, he was a fixture at the firehouse right up until the time of his passing, driving into Camden from Audubon every evening to feed the cats who lived around the building. His memory for names, dates and places in Camden was nothing short of amazing.... no surprise, as the Captain was an amazing man.

John DiMaggio passed away in his sleep on May 21, 2013. 

Camden Courier-Post - December 9, 1949
Joseph T. Hackett - Owen Gale
August L. Johnson - Harry Sterling
Albert A. Stinger - Jesthroe Hunt
Harold H. Pike - Roy R. Moffa
Allen F. Hess - Franklin Whylings
William L. Gosnell - David W. Humphries
William G. WInstanley - Joshua Robinson
Henry S. Keubler - Adolph S. Zubrzycki
Ralph H. Palmer - Alexander P. Matis
Earl G. Robinson - Anthony J. DiMaggio
Earl A, Smith Sr. - Philip J. MacDonald
Robert P. Olesiewicz - Eugene E. Demers
Chester J. Gedrich - John F. Chudzinski
Samuel D. Siniscalki - Santo Dimaggio
Ludwig Polniak - George P. Baxter
Ralph F. Schaeffer - Joseph J. McTaggart
Louis J. Monahan - John DiMaggio 
William N. Stone - Casper J. Martelli - H. Raymond Dixon

Camden Courier-Post * August 19, 1957

Firemen Here Get Advanced First Aid Course

More than 40 members of the Camden Fire Department have completed the Red Cross course in advanced first aid according to announcement today by Howard F. Keller, Collingswood, chairman of the Camden County Chapter's first aid committee. 

Instruction sessions were under the direction of Fire Chief William V. Pfefferle, Drillmaster Anthony Dzinski, a member of the local chapter first aid group, assisted by Nicholas E. George, were instructors. Dzinski is a member of the Red Cross faculty at the National Aquatic School held in this area each year for instruction in advance safety techniques. Dick Harris, director of Red Cross safety services, supervised.

All members of the graduating class are personnel of several units housed at fire department headquarters here. These include the Headquarters Company, Engine Company 2, Rescue Squad 1 and Truck Company 1. These groups include: 

Rescue Squad: Captains Arthur Batten, Philip A. Stinger and Albert Weller; Edward Brendlinger, Harrison MacNeir, Robert Olesiewicz and James W. Smith.

Headquarters Company: Raymond Banford, John K. Voll and John W. Yates.

Truck Company 1: Captains Daniel Jiannetto, Robert E. Dukes and Otto V. Kaiser; William Watkin, Chester Gedrich, George Baxter, John Mogck, George C. Hennessy, Charles Devlin, Ambrose W. Faust, Joseph McTaggart, Howard R. Taggart, William G. Winstanley and Elmer Johnson Jr.

Engine Company 2: Captains James R. Asher, Thomas Winstanley; Carl Wirtz, James McGrory, Edwin V. Decker, James Stewart, Francis X. McTaggart, Anthony T. Orme, Mario D. Fattore, James O. Jones, Francis P. Stibi, William Hopkins, Robert E. Briggs, John Giuliano, Casper Martelli, Harold H. Pike, John J. Vane, William Stibi, John DiMaggio and Harry Kleinfelder.

Camden Courier-Post * February 5, 1966

SHROUD-COVERED body of one of three biys who died in row house fire on Mechanic Street near 4th Street is carried out by firemen while neighbors look on from nearby porch.

Mechanic Street
Edward V. Michalak
George P. Baxter
Thomas Carter Ratcliffe
Randy Smith
Robert Smith
Emilene Green
Edward Sharp
Philip Bocelli
James Snyder
James Green
Shirley Ratcliffe
George Pugh
Emma Lou Ratcliffe
Patricia Smith
William Roane
Benjamin Walters
William Kamman
William Stibi Jr.
John Dimaggio
James T. McGrory
Ladder Company 2
Rescue Company 1
Engine Company 3


CAMDEN POLICE lead woman tentatively identified as the

grandmother of three children killed in fire away from scene of tragedy. ABOVE, LEFT: SMOKE SWIRLS around fireman as he leans from second-floor window of row house on Mechanic Street near 4th where three small boys perished in blaze

Camden Courier-Post * June 28, 1968


Kenneth Clark
Joseph R. Gfrorer
George D. Getty
John Dimaggio
Joseph J. Anderson
Philip A. Maycott
James McMaster
William D. Hillman
Joseph Arensberg
Robert E. Briggs
John S. Brzozowski
Edmund F. Gorczynski
Anthony F. Orme
William B. Young
William D. Ayers
Joseph Dowhy Sr.
James O. Jones
Joseph Chelhowski
James T. Robinson
Anthony D. Moffa
Robert E. Davenport
John F. Gaffney Jr.
Albert E. Collum Jr.

Robert D. Craig - Edwin Hoffman - Flem Hopkins Jr. - Joseph Fox - Charles W. Cahilly - Edward Bush
John F. Oppman - Gary E. Miller - Donald Tymusczuk - Joseph A. Broccoli - Richard W. Merta
Robert G. Gibson - Elwood L. Ridge - Joseph E. Benton - David Vautier Jr. - Frank R. Pedano

Camden Courier-Post * February 10, 1982


James Hainsworth
John M. Kennedy
William J. Simon
John J. Giuliano
David Aron
E.A. Wood
Carlos Cruz

John Dimaggio


Engine Company 1 in South Camden, 1989. From left to right: Captain John DiMaggio, Firefighters Rich Marter, Jim Peterson, & Greg Murphy

Camden Courier-Post * September 29, 1989

Gwendolyn Faison - Robert P. Olesiewicz - Anthony Orme - John J. Mogck
James McMaster -
Kenneth Penn - John DiMaggio - William N. Stone
Philip MacDonald - Frank McGuckin - Robert Allen Sr. - Charles Arline
Patricia Darden - Carlos Soto - Carlos Peraza - LAEDA - Mi Casita
Patrick Keating - Melvin "Randy" Primas

February 28, 1990
John DiMaggio - Robert Olesiewicz - Anthony Orme - Philip MacDonald
William N. Stone -
John Mogck

November 13, 2009
Retirement Dinner for Paul Matyjasik & James Johnston

Camden Firefighters Reunion - August 26, 2010

John DiMaggio shaking hands with William Wilkie,
with Richard Brooks standing behind them.

Unknown Camden Fore Department retiree and John DiMaggio

Camden Firefighters Reunion - September 15, 2011

John DiMaggio and Rich Carver

Tom Pavlow, Rich Marter, John DiMaggio & Vince Ardire
Photo by Dave Hernandez

Camden Firefighters Reunion - September 19, 2012

Vince Ardire & John DiMaggio




Camden Courier-Post * May 25, 2013

John DiMaggio

AGE: 93 Audubon

On May 21, 2013, husband of the late Helen (Mulkiewicz) and the late Bruna (Scala) of Audubon, NJ. Dear father of John A DiMaggio (Phyllis), Mary Manera and Dolores Docimo (Alfonso) and the late Michael, He is also survived by 9 Grandchildren and 17 Great Grandchildren and sister Doris Gallo. John was a retired Captain of the Camden City Fire Dept. Relatives and friends are invited to attend His Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10AM at St. Rose of Lima Church, 4th Ave. & Kings Highway, Haddon Hts., NJ Interment Calvary Cemetery, viewing Tuesday evening from 7 - 9 PM and Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at PREDPELSKI FUNERAL HOME, 983 HADDON AVE., COLLINGSWOOD, NJ 08108.