Edward G. Glaze


EDWARD G. GLAZE was born on April 25, 1915 in Pennsylvania to William Elmer and Elizabeth A. Glaze. The Glaze family, however, had been in East Camden as early as 1906, when grandfather Frederick Glaze was living at 1531 Federal Street. By 1910 the Frederick Glaze family was living at 2034 Federal Street, and shortly after Edward G. Glaze was born his parents moved back to their old neighborhood. When it was time for William Glaze to register for the draft, on June 5, 1917, the family was living at 2016 Carman Street. William Glaze was working at the nearby Keystone Leather factory at South 17th and Mickle Streets. 

The 1920 and 1930 Census shows the family at 2013 Federal Street, and that William Glaze was working as a shaver in one of Camden's leather factories, most likely Keystone Leather. At 2001 Federal Street lived Bernard "Barney" Tracy, a powerful Democrat politician in Camden's Twelfth Ward, which contained all of East Camden. By 1930 William Glaze's sister Margaret, her husband Herbert Deschin and their daughter Blanche, had moved into 2005 Federal Street. Besides Edward, the Glaze family included younger sisters Elizabeth and Mildred.  

Edward G. Glaze completed two years of high school, when, like the many boys of that generation, he left school to enter the workforce. Edward G. Glaze married Ada May Hans and was working in one of Camden's leather factories, again, most likely Keystone Leather, when he was drafted. He went into the United States Army on July 31, 1943 at Camden NJ. 

After the war ended he returned to the family home at 2013 Federal Street, to his wife Ada, and to his job at the leather factory. Opportunity knocked when the Camden Fire Department added new personnel shortly after World War II came to a close. 1950. On May 28, 1948 Edward G. Glaze was appointed to the Camden Fire department. In 1950 the husband of his cousin Blanche Deschin, Ludwig Polniak, was also hired. In time, after completing his probationary period, Edward G. Glaze was assigned to Engine Company 7, based at 1115 Kaighn Avenue. The 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone directory shows Edward Glaze and his family at 2021 Federal Street.

Engine Company 7 answered a call and extinguished a fire at the American Battery Company building at 1470 Broadway on February 8, 1958. After returning to the firehouse, and readying equipment for the next call, Fireman Edward Glaze returned to his home on Federal Street. Several hours later he suffered a massive heart attack, and was pronounced dead on arrival at Cooper Hospital.

Edward G. Glaze was the eighteenth Camden Fire Fire Fighter to made the Supreme Sacrifice while on duty. He was survived by his wife and sons Edward William Glaze and Kenneth Glaze. Mrs. Ada Glaze and Kenneth Glaze remained at 2021 Federal Street into the mid 1980s. Last a resident of Blackwood NJ, she passed away on April 5, 2004. Grandson Edward W. Glaze Jr. currently serves as a Lieutenant with the Collingswood, New Jersey Fire Department.


Requiem high Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, 29th and Federal Street, for Edward G. Glaze, city fireman who died of a heart attack Saturday. Mr. Glaze collapsed in his home several hours after fighting a fire at the American Battery Company, 1470 Broadway, and was pronounced dead on arrival at Cooper Hospital.

Friends and relatives will meet at 9 a. m. in the Gustav Roedel and Son Funeral Home, 804 North 27th Street, where they may call tonight.

Camden Courier-Post

February 12,1958


Edward W. Glaze & Edward W. Glaze Jr (with cameras) at the dedication of the Camden Fire Memorial on September 9, 2006.

Thanks to Edward Glaze Jr. for helping to create this web-page

Camden Fire Fighters Fallen in the Line of Duty