CARL CAMPEN was born on May 14, 1947 to Mary I. and Jack E.
Campen in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest of five
children, coming before Craig, Lyndsay, Lee, and Marc. The family later moved to
Marlton, New Jersey, a convenient commute for Jack Campen, who
worked at the RCA plant in Camden.
Campen graduated from Lenape Regional
High School in 1965 and subsequently served four year hitch in
the United States Coast Guard. During his time in the Coast
Guard he was stationed for one year at at the USCG Loran Station Cape Sarichef
leaving the Coast Guard in August of 1969 Barrie Campen worked as a fireman at the
Naval Air Station Lakehurst and at
McGuire Air Force Base. He
and his wife Arlene settled in the Presidential Lakes
Pemberton Township, New Jersey. Barrie Campen also served as a
volunteer with the Presidential
Lakes Fire and Rescue Squad.
April 2, 1974 Barrie Campen was appointed to the Camden Fire
Barrie Campen died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on May 15,
1975. On the evening of May 13, while returning home from work,
he made a u-turn in order to assist a stranded motorist and his
car collided with another vehicle. He left behind a widow, Arlene J. Campen, and two
daughters, Adrianne, born in 1970, and Alison, who was born
shortly after his death, his parents and siblings.
Campen family continued and continues to serve community and
nation. Younger brother Craig retired from the United States Air
Force, sister Lyndsay is currently serving, with the rank of
Colonel in the Air Force, and daughter Alison is an EMT in
Burlington County, New Jersey.