AMBROSE WESLEY "WES" FAUST was born in Camden, New Jersey on January 16, 1923 to Ambrose Faust and his wife, the former Mabel Emma Eaton. He had two older sisters, Pearl and Lillian. A brother, John, had died as a baby in 1916. The family was living in East Camden in the 1910s. City Directories show the Fausts at 2824 Thompson Street in East Camden from 1923 to 1927, and at 826 Linden Street in 1928 and at 836 Linden from 1928 through 1931. His father worked as an inspector at the RCA-Victor plant in these years. By 1935 the Fausts had moved to 731 Vine Street in North Camden. His father was working at Campbell Soup in the spring of 1942.

Wesley Faust graduated from Camden High School in 1940 and married Edith Helene Hilbmann not long afterwards. Wesley Faust went into the United States Army on February 1, 1943 in Camden. He qualified for air duty and was wounded in action while serving in the Pacific. Returning to Camden after his time in the military, Wesley Faust took the civil service test for both the Camden Police and Fire Departments. He and his wife were living at 523 North 6th Street in 1950 October of 1950. He was appointed to the Fire Department and began his service  on January 1, 1951.

After serving for ten years with the Camden Fire Department, Wesley Faust pursued other career options. Moving from Camden to Zieglersville, Pennsylvania, he worked in the private sector in the 1960s. He 1970 he began service with the New Hanover Township Police Department, reaching the rank of sergeant. Last a resident of Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, he passed away on May 22, 1977 in the emergency ward of the Pottstown, Pennsylvania Medical Center, after suffering a heart attack at the scene of a traffic accident he was investigating. 

Camden Courier-Post * August 12, 1954

NO HOPE is expressed in the face of this fireman as he and other firemen vainly try to revive Riley Drummond,12, and his sister, Terry, 7, two of the three Drummond children who drowned Wednesday afternoon at Cooper River Park. The body of the third victim, Mary, 8, was taken from the river five hours later. Shown working (left to right) are Fireman Wesley Faust, Captain Arthur Batten, Firemen John Yates, of Rescue Squad 1, Mario Fattore, of Engine 3, and Henry Keubler, of Engine 3.



Edward Brendlinger - Harry Wagner - Chestnut Street - Dr. William A. West
Terry Drummond - Josephine Drummond - Karl Drummond - Riley Drummond - Mary Drummond
Joseph Drummond - Viola Drummond Ringo - Albert J. Davis

Camden Courier-Post
August 20, 1954


THE NICE THING ABOUT THE JUNGLE is that there are no firemen in it. This was the opinion of the monkey (in the cage) who is being escorted to the ground by (left to fight) acting Captain James Jones and Firemen George Hennessey and Wesley Faust. The monkey. who had been hiding out for five days on the rooftop at 333 Mickle Street, was captured in an SPCA wire and wool trap today.


Camden Courier-Post * August 20, 1954

Ladder Company 1 - John Adams - SPCA

Camden Courier-Post
August 20, 1954


HE SOLD HIS FREEDOM for a banana. The monkey
who cavorted for five days on the rooftop of 333 Mickle Street, having been snared in an SPCA trap baited with bananas, is being examined in his cage by acting Captain James Jones (right) and Fireman Wesley Faust of Truck No. l.


Camden Courier-Post
August 27, 1954

Wesley Faust - Louis Lis
Elm Street - Birch Street
North 6th Street - Myrtle Caston
Edith Faust - Madge Thompson
Deborah Wesley - Lillian Faust - Patsy Durante
William Thompson - Jmaes Lynch - Kathy Lee
Patricia Magowan - Barbara Williamson
Bruce Caston - Estelle Caston
Barbara Wright


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
January 28, 1960

Wesley Faust
State Street


Camden Courier-Post
August 14, 1963

Wesley Faust


The Mercury
Pottstown, Pennyslvana
July 5, 1966

Wesley Faust


Pottstown Mercury * May 23, 1977




Camden Courier-Post
May 24, 1977