WILLIAM DAWSON AYERS was born in Philadelphia on February 10, 1933 to Josephine and William Ayers. His father was a veteran of World War I, and there were at least two other children in the Ayers family, older sisters Mary and Elizabeth, both born prior to the 1930 Census Enumeration.

William D. Ayers was listed in the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory at 2846 Pierce Avenue in Cramer Hill. He lived at that address into the 1970s, when he moved to Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

William D. Ayers was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on August 15, 1961. He was promoted to Captain on March 7, 1969 and assigned to Ladder Company 1. A further promotion, to Battalion Chief, came on November 4, 1982. After over 29 years of distinguished service, Chief Ayers retired on March 1, 1991.

A resident of Voorhees Township, New Jersey at the time of his death, William D. Ayers died on June 16, 1992.

Canteen Corspman Peter Meyer of the South Jersey Fire Buffs Association serves refreshments to Captain William Ayers of Ladder Company 1 following  battle at tough Third Alarm at Haddon Avenue and Federal Street, August 14, 1969. Standing in background, Fire Inspector William Neale.

Corpsman Meyer later joined the the Philadelphia Fire Department.

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Camden Courier-Post * June 28, 1968


Kenneth Clark
Joseph R. Gfrorer
George D. Getty
John Dimaggio
Joseph J. Anderson
Philip A. Maycott
James McMaster
William D. Hillman
Joseph Arensberg
Robert E. Briggs
John S. Brzozowski
Edmund F. Gorczynski
Anthony F. Orme
William B. Young
William D. Ayers
Joseph Dowhy Sr.
James O. Jones
Joseph Chelhowski
James T. Robinson
Anthony D. Moffa
Robert E. Davenport
John F. Gaffney Jr.
Albert E. Collum Jr.

Robert D. Craig - Edwin Hoffman - Flem Hopkins Jr. - Joseph Fox - Charles W. Cahilly - Edward Bush
John F. Oppman - Gary E. Miller - Donald Tymusczuk - Joseph A. Broccoli - Richard W. Merta
Robert G. Gibson - Elwood L. Ridge - Joseph E. Benton - David Vautier Jr. - Frank R. Pedano

Camden Courier-Post
March 30, 1981

Theodore Primas
John J. Mogck Jr.
Angelo Errichetti
Joseph Timmons
Stewart Street
Agnes Shad
Riverview Towers
South 2nd Street
Mickle Street
William Ayers
Joseph Gfrorer
Ernest Newkirk
Adelbert Kirk Jr.
Francis Stibi

Camden Fire Department Personnel Record