CHARLES M. DAVIS was born on January 17, 1924 in Warrenton, North Carolina. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. 

Charles M. Davis was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 30, 1950. Assigned to Engine Company 1, he reported for duty the following day.  By 1956 Charles Davis had married and was living at 2817 Thompson Street in East Camden. On August 6, 1965 Charles Davis was transferred to Engine Company 9, based at North 27th and Federal Street, a short walk from his home.

Charles M. Davis retired after serving as a Camden Fire Fighter for over 28 years on August 1, 1979. He worked in Atlantic City as a casino security guard for seven years. He also spent a great deal of time recruiting high school basketball players for various colleges.

Charles M. Davis eventually moved to Spring Hill, Florida. He died on October 3, 2004. He was brought home to New Jersey and was buried at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson. He was survived by his wife Beulah, daughter Judith, and son Charles L. Davis, who followed in his father's footsteps as a Camden fire fighter, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Camden Courier-Post
December 27, 1952

ONE OF SEVEN children rescued from a burning house at 444 South 5th Street Friday is shown being carried to safety in the arms of a fireman. Three of the children and a fireman were overcome by smoke. Two civilians rescue four of the children before firemen arrived.


Jose Castiano - Luis Colon - Henry Rodriguez
Concha Garcia - Rev. Hipolito Garcia
Church of the Living God
Mrs. Yolanda Castiano
Huberto Casiano - Margie Casiano
Jesu Casiano - Yolanda Casianio
Mrs. Margaret Young
Washington Street - North 22nd Street
Philip Rossi - Michael Cimini
Charles Cooke
Engine Company 1
Winfield Leviseur


Camden Courier-Post
January 12, 1953

Winfield Leviseur
William Van Pfefferle
Thomas Winstanley
Eugene Alston
Frank Deal
Charles Davis
Howard Lewis
Michael Cimini
North 22nd Street
South 5th Street

1953- Engine Company 1 with Hose Wagon at front of quarters, 1953. From left: Fireman Jesthroe Hunt, Fireman Charles Davis, Fireman Eugene Alston, Captain Jesse Jones, Fireman Charles Cook.

September 1954- Roll Call at the housewatch desk of Engine Company 1 's old quarters, South 4th & Pine Streets, South Camden on the occasion of Fireman Charlie Cook's retirement following his last tour of duty. From left: Firemen Andrew Robinson, Eugene Alston, Theodore Primas, Charles Davis, Captain Jesse Jones presenting wrist watch, Firemen Jesthroe Hunt, Samuel Fisher, Charles Cook, Orville Goldsboro, Captain Raymond Amos, Fireman Alfred Green.


Camden Courier-Post - October 7, 2004

Age 80, of Spring Hill, Florida, formerly of Camden, N.J. On Sunday,
October 3, 2004, at his home after a brief illness.
He was a veteran of WWII were he served honorably as a Staff Sergeant in the Army. He was a Camden City Fire Fighter where he faithfully served for 28 years when he retired. He became a Security Guard to the stars at Bally's Park Place Casino in Atlantic City for 7 years. He recruited high school basketball players, both girls and boys to play for various colleges around the country, many times helping them to secure scholarships.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Beulah, a daughter, Judith Kee (Rev. Dr. Jerome A. Kee, Sr.), a son, Charles L. Davis (Ivy Pinckney-Davis), sister-in law, Gretchen Holland, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, cousins, Beatrice Harris-Waldon, Portia Harris-Hawes, John Hawkins, III, and a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral service 6:00 p.m. Sunday Oct. 10, 2004, at Chestnut Street U.A.M.E. Church, 7th & Chestnut St., Camden, N.J. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, N.J. Arrangements by BAGWELL FUNERAL HOME, Penns Grove, N.J.