Stephen T. Murchake, 58, of the Cecil section of Monroe Township, chief of Cecil Fire Company No. 1 from 1992 to 2013, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Murchake graduated from what is now Camden County Technical Schools and was a lifelong electrician, his wife, Kathleen, said.
Most recently, she said, he worked in South Jersey for an electrical contracting firm in Bucks County.
A relative, who was a former chief of the Cecil Fire Company, introduced him to the firefighting life, she said.
Mr. Murchake and his fellow firefighters took part in the response to 9/11 in a "support" role, according to his wife.