Funeral procession planned for veteran NJ fire marshal

At least 200 firefighters are expected to attend Harold “Whitey” Swartz’s funeral procession

By FireRescue1 Staff

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — After serving a community for over half a century, a retired fire marshal will be laid to rest Saturday. 

Retired Atlantic County Fire Marshal Harold “Whitey” Swartz, 80, died March 2. 

At least 200 firefighters are expected to attend his funeral Saturday, which will include dozens of fire trucks throughout the county and state. EMS personnel and police will also attend Swartz’s funeral. An honor guard will attend and salute Swartz.

“I had the pleasure of growing up around the corner from Whitey and his family,” Pleasantville Fire Chief Steve Wilkins told the Press of Atlantic City. “You don’t see this kind of funeral very often.”

Swartz was well-known throughout the community and fire service. His casket will be carried in a fire truck driven by his son. Although the funeral procession is one reserved for line of duty deaths, Chief Wilkins said “this send-off is appropriate.”


Whitey Swartz in 2015.

Posted by Tuckerton Fire Department on Thursday, March 2, 2017


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