WALTER BUNKOWSKI was born in Camden, New Jersey on April 22,
1914 to Julian Clement
"Clarence" Bunkowski and his wife Bella. He was
named after his paternal grandfather. When his father registered
for the draft in June of 1917, the family lived at 1264 Everett
Street. Besides Lawrence there was a younger sister,
Henrietta. Julian Clement Bunkowski also went by the name of Clarence
Bunker. By 1924 he was working as a Camden police officer
and by 1928 was a detective. Clarence
Bunker's brother Joseph J. Bunkowski lived at 1268 Everett
and also served with the Camden Police Department.
family was still at the Everett
Street address in April of 1930; they maintained a presence
at that address as late as the fall of 1969.
Bunkowski was appointed to the Camden Fire
Department on April 12, 1942 and reported for duty four days
later. He and his wife Tillie then lived at 1107 Kaighn
Avenue, a few doors away from Engine Company
7. They later
moved to 1402 Park Boulevard in Parkside.
Bunkowski had served the City of Camden for over 24 years when
he retired from the Fire Department on October 4, 1968. He
passed away in November
of 1974. His wife later lived in Woodbury, New Jersey. She
joined her husband on June 25, 1988.
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