Charles E.

CHARLES EDWARD "ED" MAYO was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on November 29, 1968 and was still active into the 1990s. 

Ed Mayo was assigned to Engine Company 1 on 4 Platoon after graduating from the Fire Academy. He primarily worked there until his promotion to Captain on February 19, 1982.

Once promoted to Captain he was assigned to Squad Company 7. By 1994 Captain Mayo had been assigned to Engine Company 10, where he finished his career. While at Engine 10 in the early 1990s, Fireighters Angelo Decaro, Philip Gorski, and Ronald Wrobel served under Captain Mayo's command. All three would advance in rank to Captain, Angelo Decaro retired as a Battalion Chief. 

When Captain Mayo retired on June 1, 1999 he had completed 30 years and 6 months, all with 4 Platoon.

After retirement, Ed Mayo worked as a bartender for many years. He enjoyed 17 years and 10 months of retirement before his passing away on March 20, 2017.

 Camden Courier-Post * December 26, 1968


25 Firemen Finish Training

In a move aimed at staffing the Camden Fire Department for a new 42-hour work week. 25 probationary firemen will be graduated from the city fire academy Monday and 10 fire officers will be given promotions Tuesday. 

Heading the list of fire officer promotions will be the selection of Battalion Chief Anthony C. Saponare, 51, of 117 S. 27th Street, Camden, as deputy fire chief. The new deputy chief is a 26-year veteran on the city fire force.

Two fire captains to be promoted to battalion chief are Matthew J. Davies, Jr., 36, of 2819 Carman Street, Camden, and James H. Stewart, 54, of 317 Garden Avenue, Camden.

Seven firemen to be named captains include William D. Hillman, 29, of 11 Crestfair Apartments, Camden; Joseph H. Arensberg, 32, of 1041 N. 32nd Street, Camden; Robert E. Briggs, 48, of 2861 Congress Road, Camden; and John Brzozowski, 28, 371 N. 34th Street, Camden.

Also to be named captains are Edmund F. Gorczynski, 36, of 272 N. 33rd Street, Camden; Anthony T. Orme, 44, 3317 River Road, Camden; and William B. Young, 29, of 1126 N. 33rd Street, Camden.

The new firemen include Richard E. Johnson, Thomas H. Eckel, Ronald C. Crowder, John A. DeLuca, Peter P. Carbone, Robert P. Hand, Robert M. Lapp, Jerome A. Kee, Thomas V. Kane, Charles E. Mayo, James C. Peterson and George S. Szychulski, all of Camden.

Other slated fire school graduates are Ronald Angemi, Robert C. Welch, Robert G. Boyle, Glenn H. Moore, Marvin W. Bendy, Thomas J. DiBiaso, Arthur J. Gibson, Daniel J. Galasso, Samuel Battle Jr., Ronald J. Boyle, Jerome J. Watson, George R. Abbey, 3rd., and William H. Huelas, all of Camden.

The appointments of all 35 men become effective Jan. 1, 1969.

Fire Watch Magazine - Spring, 1977

"A TIP O' THE HELMET TO" ………  Fr. Chuck Mayo of Ladder Co. 1, for his alertness and quick action in the preven­tion of serious injury and probable death to a brother member, while operating at 2nd Alarm-Box #1222, transmitted at 0348 hours on 2 January, 1977 for a fire located at 513 Cooper Street. Severely low temperatures and heavy icing conditions made roof level operations extremely hazardous. While working at roof level, atop the three-story fire building, another member slipped on an ice coated peaked roof above Chuck's position, and began his downward slide toward, and inevitably over the edge. Fr. Mayo's quick reflexes in grabbing the brother resulted in only a close call instead of a tragedy. A job well done.


From Left:
Captain Charles Mayo,
FF Ronald Wrobel
FF Ronald Gorski
FF Angelo V. Decaro

A Measure of Captain Mayo's leadership can be gathered by the fact that FFs Wrobel and Gorski both were promoted to Captain, and that FF Decaro retired as a Battalion Chief. 

Canoe Trip

Standing, left to right: Charles "Ed" Mayo, Bob Worrell, Sonny Frett, Pat O'Keefe, George Szychulski, 
Bobby Boyle, Dan Galasso , Denny Deal. Kneeling l to r. Vinny Ardire, Billy Barnhill

Philadelphia Inquirer - March 22, 2017

"Charles Mayo, 72, retired firefighter and barkeep 

by Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer

Charles E. Mayo made a living risking his life to save others. Then, after 31 years with the Camden City Fire Department, he retired as a captain, took a bartending job, and enjoyed more time with his grandchildren.

On Monday, March 20, Mr. Mayo, 72, of Clayton died at Virtua Marlton Hospital. He had been struggling with his health since he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, said his wife, Trudy.

“We had a wonderful life,” Trudy Mayo said, describing family vacations in Myrtle Beach, where dozens of relatives from their extended family had congregated since 1990. Each year, the couple also hosted an open house on Christmas Eve.

The couple grew up in the Fairview section of the city but attended different high schools. Mr. Mayo graduated from Camden High School in 1962. Her brother married his sister, but ironically, Trudy Mayo and Mr. Mayo had not met at the wedding.

In the years that followed, they crossed paths in the city. He asked her to a movie, and “that was it,” she said. They were married for nearly 48 years. They have three children, Alissa Reed, Edward, and James. Mr. Mayo is also survived by his stepmother, Yvonne Mayo; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

“He was a fantastic father,” Trudy Mayo said, recalling that her husband was an umpire from the time his children played in Little League. He was also loyal to the Eagles and Phillies, whether they won or lost, she said.

In 1968, Mr. Mayo joined the Camden Fire Department, where he had many friends. As a young firefighter, Mr. Mayo had to quickly learn the job as racial tensions grew and riots erupted in Camden in 1969 and 1971, with numerous buildings set on fire. In 1971, 15 major fires had been set before authorities could restore order.

“We would go from one place to another trying to get control of these fires,” said retired firefighter Dan Galasso, who joined the department at the same time as Mr. Mayo. They remained friends after retirement. “He was an outstanding firefighter.”

Mr. Mayo worked the busiest station houses, and was respected and well-liked as a firefighter and a commander, Galasso said. As a captain, he was assigned to Engine 7, which included South Whitman Park and Parkside.

“He was very dedicated.”

One time, Galasso recalled, a fireman lost his footing on a slate roof. He was sliding down, about to fall off the building. Mr. Mayo was on his way up the ladder and grabbed his coworker. “He stopped him from falling three stories,” Galasso said.

Trudy Mayo said her husband “saved quite a few lives.”

In one instance, Mr. Mayo was lucky to escape with his life.

In 1984, while serving as a captain, he entered a basement on North Second Street to turn off the electricity after firefighters had extinguished an arson fire. He was surprised by a man who attacked him with a bayonet. Mr. Mayo was stabbed numerous times but was protected by his fire gear from serious wounds. He received six stitches to his hand.

At the hospital, the captain was told the man had lost his wife to cancer six months earlier and had set the house on fire in a suicide attempt. He was to be prosecuted for the assault on Mr. Mayo, his wife recalled, but Mr. Mayo insisted he did not want the man charged.

“I’m not prosecuting that man -- he has suffered enough,” Trudy Mayo said her husband decided, despite pressure from law enforcement authorities.

Years later, her husband retired after extinguishing fires and finding too many bodies in vacant buildings used as drug houses, she said.

He turned to a different profession, bartending at what had been a favorite watering hole for firefighters and police, the now-closed Bailey’s Bar & Grill in Haddon Township. Galasso described his friend as a good bartender and good listener.

“He didn’t talk much, but when he did, he was quite knowledgeable,” Galasso said.

A viewing for Mr. Mayo will be Friday, March 24, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home, 420 S. Main St., Williamstown, followed by services and cremation. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Mr. Mayo to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105, or at . Condolences may be sent to .

Camden Courier-Post * March 22, 2017

"Charles Mayo
AGE: 72 • Clayton

Charles E. Mayo, 72, of Clayton, passed peacefully on Monday, March 20, 2017, after a courageous battle against cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Beloved husband of Trudy (nee Kane) for 48 years. Devoted father of Alissa (Michael) Reed, Edward (Lauren) Mayo and

James (Nicole) Mayo. Dear brother of the late Donna (William) Kane and Robert (Michelle) Hamilton, Janice (Joe) Panchella, Debbie (Harry) Gatto and Bonnie (Ed) Gibbons. Loving grandfather of Lauren (Josh) Brugger, Michael (Jyssica) Reed, Daniel (Samantha) Reed, Taylor Reed, Tatyanna, Anthony, Sophia and Dominic. Loving great grandfather of Jackson, Joshua, Cameron, and Olivia Rose. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Charles was the son of the late Mary (Robert) Hamilton and the late Charles Mayo. He is survived by his stepmother Yvonne Mayo of West Palm Beach Florida.

Charles was a retired Camden City Firefighter and Captain for 31 years. He loved his family, golfing and going to the casino. The family enjoyed fun-filled vacations in Myrtle Beach with their extended families for 26 years. He will be sorely missed by all.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Friday from 9:00-11:30 AM at the BELL-HENNESSY FUNERAL HOME, 420 South Main St., Williamstown. Funeral Services will follow at 11:30 AM. Cremation private.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Mr. Mayo's favorite charity. in his name. to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or @

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