Jeff M. Pfeiffer joined the Almonesson Fire Company/Deptford Fire Department at age 17 as a junior firefighter, soon after becoming junior chief. At age 18, Jeff became a 2nd lieutenant in charge of training. The following year he was promoted to 1st lieutenant, a position he held for three years. He was then promoted to 2nd assistant chief for five years, followed by a promotion to station chief. Jeff served as chief for nine years, then stepped down to serve as a Class A firefighter. Eight years later, Jeff was promoted to captain and served in that position for five years. He served as battalion chief for 11 years, retiring from the position to become a driver/operator. Unfortunately, shortly after this, while backing the engine into the station from a call, Jeff went into cardiac arrest, which he did not survive. Jeff served a total of 50 years of active service.
Jeff served in numerous capacities over his many years of service. He was an Almonesson Fire Company Trustee for 20 years. He served as director of public safety (2 years), emergency management coordinator (8 years), president of the Deptford Fire Chiefs Association (9 years), Deptford fire training coordinator (11 years), Delaware Valley Fire Judges Association (35 years), Delaware Valley Fire Judges chief (24 years), and co-chairman of Deptford Township Police & Fire Memorial. He also served on the Gloucester County Hazardous Materials Committee and was the coordinator of the Foam Task Force for Gloucester County and Camden County.
Jeff received many community service awards. He introduced the first chief’s car foam unit, tower ladder, and foam/brush truck to Deptford Township. He was the chairman of the Almonesson Fire Company 75th anniversary.
Jeff was also responsible for retrieving the first ladder truck in the town out of retirement and restoring it completely.