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    Thousands Attend Wake of Fire Chief in New Jersey

    Thousands Attend Wake of Fire Chief in New Jersey

    By ROBERT D. McFADDEN


    Thousands of firefighters and emergency workers, many choking back tears or sobbing openly, filed past the coffin of a fallen New Jersey comrade yesterday in an emotional outpouring for one of three firefighters killed trying to save three children who died in the collapse of a burning home in Gloucester City, N.J., last week.

    From across central and southern New Jersey, from Pennsylvania and from as far away as Kansas, an estimated 10,000 visitors in uniform joined hundreds of civilians in a 10-block, four-hour procession to the Gardner Funeral Home in Runnemede, N.J., where a wake was held for Chief James E. Sylvester, 30, the commander of Mount Ephraim's 40-member Fire Department.

    "This is an extraordinary turnout," Capt. Tim Boyce of the Upper Darby, Pa., Fire Department said as firefighters and friends paid silent tribute at Chief Sylvester's closed blue-metal coffin and, amid banks of flowers and the low moan of organ music, offered prayers and condolences to his widow, Marilyn, who is expecting their first child in August.

    Chief Sylvester and his Mount Ephraim deputy chief, John D. West, and Firefighter Thomas Stewart III of the Gloucester City department died searching a two-and-a-half story house in vain for three children

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    New Jersey Community Remembers Fallen Fire Chief

    Camden County, New Jersey Community Remembers Fallen Fire Chief

    Courtesy KYW Eyewitness News 3


    James Sylvester
    Fire Chief, Mount Ephraim Fire Department


    MOUNT EPHRAIM, N.J.-- Thousands of people attended funeral services for Mount Ephraim Fire Chief James Sylvester on Monday. Chief Sylvester was killed, along with two other firefighters, while trying to rescue three young girls from a burning home in Gloucester City. The children also died in the eight-alarm blaze.

    A noon Mass was held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Ephraim. The burial took place at St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellmawr.

    Tributes to a fallen hero were everywhere in evidence: American flags draped from the extended ladders of fire trucks, an honor guard of some 30 bagpipers, a eulogy delivered by a priest who was Sylvester's childhold friend.



    Authorities estimate 3,000 to 5,000 firefighters took part in the ceremony. They came from as far west as Iowa and as far south as Georgia. The church could not hold all the mourners, so loudspeakers were set up outside.

    Officials tell Eyewitness News they have been getting calls from firefighters as far away as Canada and Australia.

    Deptford Fire Commissioner George Frank explained why the firefighter community comes together in such moments of crisis: "Everybody knows it could happen to them at any given time
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    Mourning Fallen Brothers, Familiar to Them or Not

    Mourning Fallen Brothers, Familiar to Them or Not
    By RICHARD LEZIN JONES


    MOUNT EPHRAIM, N.J., July 8

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    New Jersey Department Mourns for Second Chief Lost

    New Jersey Department Mourns for Second Chief Lost

    Courtesy KYW Eyewitness News 3

    John D. West
    Deputy Chief Chief, Mount Ephraim Fire Department


    MOUNT EPHRAIM, N.J.-- For a second day in a row, firefighters in our area gathered to mourn the loss of one of their own. Mount Ephraim Deputy Fire Chief John D. West was laid to rest Tuesday. He and two other firefighters died in the line of duty last week while trying to save three little girls from a burning home in Gloucester City. The girls also died in the blaze.

    West's funeral was held at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church.

    West, 41, who served 23 years in the fire department, leaves behind a wife and three children.

    Monday, thousands of firefighters, family and friends gathered for West's viewing in Mount Ephraim. Earlier in the day, funeral services were held for Mount Ephraim Fire Chief James Sylvester, which attracted up to 5,000 people, including firefighters from as far away as Iowa and Georgia.


    Anthony Stagliano, an Administrative Officer, told Eyewitness News "It is an tremendous honor that the fire service community as a community, as a brotherhood, as a fraternity, bestows upon all its members - especially to those that give the ultimate sacrifice, answer their last alarm and die in the line of duty."

    Funeral services for Gloucester City firefighter Thomas G. Stewart III are scheduled for noon Wednesday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester City.

    Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Harold Hairston said the community comes together in such moments to not only mourn the loss of a brother but also to reach out to the firefighter's family. "It kind of gives the family some sense of dignity and it makes them feel good that they didn't die in vain."

    Helmet of Deputy Chief John D. West Photo by Bob Bartosz

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    Last of New Jersey Heroes Laid to Rest

    Last of New Jersey Heroes Laid to Rest

    Courtesy KYW Eyewitness News 3

    GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J.-- Gloucester City firefighter Thomas G. Stewart III, who was killed in the line of duty while trying to save three little girls from an eight-alarm fire, is being laid to rest Wednesday. Two other firefighters and the three girls also died in the blaze.

    Funeral services, followed by a burial, were scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary's Church in Gloucester City.

    Stewart III was killed on the Fourth of July, when the burning house collapsed around him. Also killed were Mount Ephraim Fire Chief James Sylvester, Deputy Fire Chief John D. West and five-year-old Alexandra Slack and her 3-year-old twin sisters, Claudia and Colletta.

    Chief Sylvester was buried Monday; funeral services for Deputy Chief West were held Tuesday.

    Firefighters from all over the United States have come to Camden County to honor their fallen brothers.

    Stewart III had publicly proposed to his girlfriend just hours before being killed. She accepted.

    Funeral services for the three little girls were scheduled for Thursday.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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    Funerals of New Jersey Bravest Lost

    Funerals of New Jersey Bravest Lost
    Newest Photos Added First As Received Through Wednesday, July 10

    Camden City NJ Fire Fighter David Diaz of Rescue Squad 1, looking at Memorial Card for Gloucester City NJ Fire Fighter Thomas G. Stewart III outside of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Fire fighter Diaz was one of the thousands of fire fighters who took their time to attend the viewing and funeral of this gallant fallen fire fighter.

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    CHILDRENS PALLBEARERS FIRE AND POLICE

    Gloucester City NJ and Mt. Ephraim NJ Fire Departments along with their Police Departments were asked by family members to be pallbearers for the three small children ages 3 to 5 years old who perished along with three heroic fire fighters who gave their lives trying to save them. Gloucester City NJ Firefighter Thomas G. Stewart III and Deputy Chief John D. West and Fire Chief James E. Sylvester both from Mt. Ephraim NJ Fire Department. Hundreds of firefighters throughout the area came to St. Mary's Church to pay their respects to the three little sisters. They were buried on July 11, 2002. There were four firefighters from the two departments and four Police Officers who were the pallbearers.

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    MEMORIAL FUND INFORMATION

    Donations for the family of James Sylvester can be made to:
    Memorial Fund for James Sylvester
    c/o Commerce Bank
    180 North Black Horse Pike
    Bellmawr, NJ. 08031


    Donations for the family of John D. West can be made to:
    Memorial Fund for John D. West
    c/o Commerce Bank
    180 North Black Horse Pike
    Bellmawr, NJ. 08031


    Donations for the family of Thomas G. Stewart III can be made to:
    Memorial Fund for Thomas G. Stewart III
    c/o Commerce Bank
    180 North Black Horse Pike
    Bellmawr, NJ. 08031


    Donations for the Slack Children can be made to:
    Slack Memorial Fund
    c/o Commerce Bank
    501 Mickle Blvd.
    Camden, NJ. 08103


    LINK WITH PHOTOS PLUS INFORMATION

    http://www.mefd.org/Memorials.html

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    West, John D

    Age: 40
    Rank: Deputy Chief
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 07/04/2002
    Incident Time: 01:30
    Death Date: 07/04/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Mt. Ephraim Fire Department
    21 South Blackhorse Pike
    Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey 08059

    Initial Summary:
    Trapped in collapse at residential structure fire.


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application....cfm?p_id=1302

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    Sylvester, James E

    Age: 31
    Rank: Chief
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 07/04/2002
    Incident Time: 01:30
    Death Date: 07/04/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Mt. Ephraim Fire Department
    21 South Blackhorse Pike
    Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey 08059

    Initial Summary:
    Trapped in collapse at residential structure fire.


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application....cfm?p_id=1301

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    Stewart, Thomas G

    Age: 30
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 07/04/2002
    Incident Time: 01:30
    Death Date: 07/04/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Gloucester City Fire Department
    1 North King Street
    Gloucester, New Jersey 08030
    Chief: William Glassman

    Initial Summary:
    Trapped in collapse at residential structure fire.


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application....cfm?p_id=1300

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