JOHN JAMES GRAHAM was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania on April 27, 1912 to John James Graham and his wife, the former Elizabeth Olive Hoffman. The family, which included older brother Clair and younger siblings Robert and Emily was still living in Wilkes-Barre in January of 1920. By 1924 the family had moved to Camden. They were at 337 Chestnut Street in 1924. 

John Graham was appointed to the Camden Fire Department in 1936. On October 14, 1942 older brother Clair "Reds" Graham, also became a member of the Camden Fire Department.

The 1940 Camden City Directory shows John J. Graham, and his wife Gladys living at 1018 Monitor Road in the Fairview section of Camden. The 1947 Camden City Directory shows John J. Graham living at 603 North 35th Street.

John Graham retired in 1960 on a disability pension due to a bad neck injury that occurred on a fire. By this point in his career he had been promoted to the rank of District Chief, based at the East Camden fire house at North 27th Street and Federal Street.

After Chief Graham retired, he moved to Florida to be with his daughter Carolyn McClure and family. John James Graham passed away on April 15, 1995 at his daughter's house in Florida. 

There was another Camden Department firefighter named John Graham, who was one of the original members of Camden's paid fire department, entering service with Engine Company 2 on December 7, 1869. 

Graduation of Probationary Fireman
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Graduation of Probationary Fireman (from left) Chief John Graham, Captain Anthony Dzinski, Assistant Training Officer Nicholas George, Firemen Herman Reed, Bertram Dahl, Joseph Dowhy, Joseph Simpson, Edward Morgenweck, Charles Christensen, Joseph Wolfinger, George Dixon, Edward Ulrich, Reginald Laws, Grant Keller, and Chief Edward MacDowell.