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Assistant Chief Michael A. Vitelli Passes
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By Chief John Medes
January 18, 2017

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that the Westmont Fire Company announces the sudden and unexpected passing of Assistant Chief Michael A. Vitelli. Chief Vitelli began his storied volunteer career with the Westmont Fire Company as a firefighter in 1973 after relocating from the Cramer Hill section of Camden. Assigned to the engine company, Mikey, as he was fondly known by his fire company family, rose through the ranks from Lieutenant to Captain and finally to Assistant Chief, a position he held since 2007.

While his experience, passion and dedication to the fire service was above and beyond, it was his portrayal of Santa for the residents of Westmont for which he will be remembered. For two weeks each December over the course of 35 years, Mikey danced his way through snow, rain and cold weather to entertain kids, young and old, of Westmont.

Chief Vitelli is survived by his wife Susan and his three daughters, Tracy Heckers (Jim), Kathleen Hartshaw (Tom), Michelle Schmidt (Kevin) and his grandchildren.

His leadership and presence at the firehouse will be missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.

Rest easy brother. We’ll take it from here.


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Kathy Mallon Fudala January 20, 2017 at 12:53 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. My prayers go out to Mike's family. His fellow firefighters will be a huge support at this terrible time. Without a doubt. Thank you all for being there for the family. I was so grateful for all you did after Joe's passing. You are a special group


Captain Jim Hoyle January 20, 2017 at 10:01 AM
I have been on many a fire call with Mikey and he was a true professional and dedicated firefighter. I am sure he will be truly missed. He was one of the good guys. Rest In Peace brother


Stephen M. DePierri January 20, 2017 at 2:58 PM
Please extend the thoughts & prayers from the entire DePierri Family to Assist Chief Vitelli's Family, as well as the entire Westmont Fire Co. #1's Family. May Mike RIP with those who have gone before him! It has been a Honor to serve with him in both of his agencies!


Gil Cosnett January 20, 2017 at 9:36 PM
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Asst. Chief Vitelli. I remember Mike from my Haddon Fire Company days (1974 - 80) and when I was a Medic for the (then) West Jersey Health System. I didn't know him well, but the few times I spoke with him, I knew that he was exceptional and a real down-to-earth person. He will be missed and his family is in my prayers and thoughts.
Sincerely,
Gil Cosnett
Haddonfield EMS (part-time)


Scot DeCristofaro & Family January 20, 2017 at 11:50 PM
Tracey , Jim, Vitelli Family and Department Family,

Sorry for your loss. May you feel the Love of the Lord and gratitude from the community Assistant Chief Vitelli served. Blessings, The DeCristofaro Family


Joyce January 21, 2017 at 10:42 AM
Please extend our thoughts & prayers to Michael's family. We at Rohrer Towers II are deep sadden by the loss of such a kind and loving soul.



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