JOHN DANIEL HUELAS was born John D. Hulasinski on Camden  on December 12, 1913 to John and Katherine Hulasenski. He shortened his name to Huelas after he had joined the Camden Fire Department.

Known to his brother firefighters as Jake, John Huelas was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on July 15, 1942. He was then living at 2834 Howell Street in East Camden. He reported for duty the next day with Ladder Company 3 at North 27th Street and Federal Street in East Camden. He served with Ladder 3 until May 19, 1943 when he was transferred "across the floor" to Engine Company 9, quartered at the same East Camden location. He remained with Engine 9 until June 16, 1951 

when he was promoted to Captain and sent to Engine Company 11 at 901 North 27th Street in Cramer Hill.

Captain Huelas served with Engine Company 11 for almost 14 years. He spent twenty-three months at Engine Company 2,  619 Kaighn Avenue, from December 1, 1965 until November 1, 1967; followed by 22 months at Rescue Company 1, ending his assignment there on September 1, 1969. Captain Huelas finished 1969 at Engine Company 10 on Morgan Boulevard in Fairview.

During this period Captain Huelas' son, William H. Huelas, became a Camden firefighter. He was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 8, 1968 and went on to have a long and distinguished career.

The new decade saw a return to the Kaighn Avenue firehouse, this time with Engine Company 8, where he served until October 1, 1977. In anticipation of his retirement, Captain Huelas was assigned to the 2nd Battalion Pool on October 1, 1977. He retired on pension January 1, 1978 after having served the City of Camden for over 35 years. 

John D. Huelas moved to 2826 Thompson Street at some point after joining the Fire Department, and later moved to 2738 Hayes Avenue in Cramer Hill. Later in life he moved to Franklinville, and then to Pennsgrove, New Jersey. He passed away on June 7, 1998.

Young Norbert Sorensen with Camden Fire Department member John D. "Jake" Huelas at 910 North 24th Street, circa 1948. Norbert and his brother Richard Sorensen both became Camden firefighters, as did John Huelas's som, Bill Huelas.

New Fire Fighters - November 1968

From Left: Jerome "Jerry" Watson, Daniel Galasso, Camden County Jail Warden Charles Galasso Sr., William Huelas, Captain John D. Huelas (in civilian clothes), Chief of Department Edward Michalak.

Camden Courier-Post * November 8, 1968

Standing L to R: Edward V. Michalak - Donald Watson - Charles Galasso - John Huelas - Jerome J. Watson - Daniel J. Galasso
William H. Huelas - Ronald J. Boyle - Robert G. Boyle - George S. Szychulski -
Glenn H. Moore - Marvin W. Bendy - Samuel Battle Jr.
Ronald Angemi - Robert C. Welch - George R. Abbey -
Beideman Avenue - Atlanta Road - North 33rd Street - Mt. Ephraim Avenue Kaighn Avenue - South Merrimac Road - Ormond Avenue - Oak Walk