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Chief Paul E. Hartsein Retired Camden County Fire Marshal, NJ State Fire Commissioner


On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Chief Paul E. Hartstein lost his battle with cancer. Paul was Angel and fireman 2 surrounded by his family at the time of his passing and expressed his wish for the following.


Viewing- A public viewing to held on Friday evening, March 15, 2013 at the Healy Funeral Home, # 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, New Jersey from 18:00 – 22:00 hours.


Services- A Saturday morning viewing will be held at the St. Vincent Polotti Church, 901 Hopkins Road, Haddon Township, New Jersey from 09:30 AM till 10:45 AM with a Christian Mass at 11:00AM. Interment will be at the New Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Browning Road, Bellmawr.



Chief Fire Marshal Paul E. Hartstein began his career with the Camden County Fire Marshal’s Office in December of 1981. Paul started out as a Deputy Fire Marshal serving in that position for ten years, of which his duties included working in the fire investigation unit and code enforcement. In 1991, Paul was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Fire Marshal where he would serve for the next four years ultimately being promoted to the distinguished position of Chief Fire Marshal where he served out the balance of his career for the next sixteen years.


Paul started his career in the fire service when he joined the Audubon Volunteer Fire Department in 1966. Paul served as Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief of the Audubon Fire Department. Paul also belonged to many organizations including the New Jersey Association of County Fire Marshal’s, New Jersey State Firemen’s Association, the Camden County Firemen’s Association, the Camden County Fire Chief’s and Fire Officer’s Association, New Jersey State Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the International Association of Arson Investigators, International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Burn Foundation of Philadelphia, the Camden County Hero Scholarship and the New Jersey State Fire Safety Commission.


In 1994, Paul also became the Fire Protection Inspector and the Fire Sub-Code Official for the Borough of Audubon which he remained until his death.


Paul also received the Roland Kandle Award from the Burn Foundation for outstanding volunteer service on October 15, 2010.


In 2012, Paul was installed as a 4th Degree Knight with the Haddon Township Chapter, Knights of Columbus.


On November 30, 2012, Paul received an award from the New Jersey State Juvenile Firesetters Council on behalf of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and the New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. The award was given to him for his tireless efforts and dedication in support of juvenile firesetter awareness and intervention throughout the State of New Jersey.


On February 2, 2013, Paul was presented an award by the Audubon Fire Department for his dedication and for gratefully serving the Borough of Audubon the past 40 years.


Paul proudly resided in Audubon, and leaves behind his wife, Annette, and two children, Jennifer & Paul. He retired May 1st 2011 as Chief of the Camden County Fire Marshal Office following thirty years of service to the County of Camden.


Fire Service Personnel attending the services on Saturday morning, March 16, 2013, and will be bringing fire apparatus to the funeral are to stage on the Paul VI High School parking lot.


Departments attending the Saturday services are asked to RSVP the Camden County Fire Marshal Office at (856) 374-6176.

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