EUGENE F. ALSTON was born October  16, 1919 in Camden to Richard Alston and his wife, the former Dolly Robinson. His father had been born in 1891 in Henderson, North Carolina. Richard Alston was working as a laborer at the Victor Talking Machine Company in June of 1917, and had married. Mr. and Mrs. Alston then lived in Camden at 1017 Francis Street, a small street that ran south from Walnut to Chestnut Street, between Front and South 2nd Streets.  

When the Census was taken in 1920, the family, which included an older sister Priscilla, lived at 1005 Francis Street. The Alstons shared the home with Dolly Alston's brother, Richard Robinson, and his family, at the time of the 1920 Census enumeration. Both Richard Alston and his brother-in-law worked as laborers at that time. The Alston family remained on Francis Street through 1929. By 1930 Richard Alston had found work at the nearby Public Service coke plant at the foot of Chestnut Street. He was still employed there in the spring of 1942. By that time Richard and Dolly Alston had moved to 1057 South 2nd Street. He died a few years later

Eugene F. Alston attended high school through the 11th grade and then went to Camden County Vocational School. When the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled, Eugene Alston had married and was living with his wife Mattie at 277 Clement T. Branch Village, a public housing project that had opened up in 1940. His sister Priscilla lived nearby at 255 Branch Village

Eugene F. Alston was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on March 2, 1948 and was assigned to Engine Company 1 at South 4th and Pine Streets. During his career with the fire department he received a public citation for volunteering for special disaster training.

The 1956 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory shows Eugene F. Alston had moved to 241 Branch Village. By October of 1959 he had moved to 1137 South 9th Street, and by 1970 to 529 Newton Avenue.

On March 31, 1970 Fireman Alston was slightly injured while fighting a fire at the General Radio Supply building at North 6th and Penn Streets.

Eugene F. Alston retired after 30 years service on April 1, 1978. A lifelong resident of Camden, Eugene Alston passed away on March 10, 1990.

Circa 1949- Engine Company 1, wagon and pumper at front of quarters, South 4th & Pine Streets, South Camden. From left: Firemen Alfred Green, Fred Henderson, Charles Cook, Leroy Hatchett, Robert Thomas, Andrew Robinson, James Richardson, Eugene Alston, James Clinton, Captains Jesse Jones and Raymond Amos.

Camden Courier-Post
December 27, 1952

ONE OF SEVEN children rescued from a burning house at 444 South 5th Street Friday is shown being carried to safety in the arms of a fireman. Three of the children and a fireman were overcome by smoke. Two civilians rescue four of the children before firemen arrived.


Jose Castiano - Luis Colon - Henry Rodriguez
Concha Garcia - Rev. Hipolito Garcia
Church of the Living God
Mrs. Yolanda Castiano
Huberto Casiano - Margie Casiano
Jesu Casiano - Yolanda Casianio
Mrs. Margaret Young
Washington Street - North 22nd Street
Philip Rossi - Michael Cimini
Charles Cooke
Engine Company 1
Winfield Leviseur


Camden Courier-Post
January 12, 1953

Winfield Leviseur
William Van Pfefferle
Thomas Winstanley
Eugene Alston
Frank Deal
Charles Davis
Howard Lewis
Michael Cimini
North 22nd Street
South 5th Street

1953- Engine Company 1 with Hose Wagon at front of quarters, 1953. From left: Fireman Jesthroe Hunt, Fireman Charles Davis, Fireman Eugene Alston, Captain Jesse Jones, Fireman Charles Cook. Photo by Bob Bartosz

September 1954- Roll Call at the housewatch desk of Engine Company 1 's old quarters, South 4th & Pine Streets, South Camden on the occasion of Fireman Charlie Cook's retirement following his last tour of duty. From left: Firemen Andrew Robinson, Eugene Alston, Theodore Primas, Charles Davis, Captain Jesse Jones presenting wrist watch, Firemen Jesthroe Hunt, Samuel Fisher, Charles Cook, Orville Goldsboro, Captain Raymond Amos, Fireman Alfred Green. Photo by Bob Bartosz

1958- Engine Company 1 at South 4th & Pine Streets, South Camden shortly following delivery of new Hose Wagon. 1958 (from left) Captain Jesse Jones, Fireman Eugene Alston, and Fireman Jesthroe Hunt. Photo by Bob Bartosz

The Miracle of Easter - March 30, 1970
s by Bob Bartosz


Manpower of two Engine Companies get big line into service and give fire "a dash" from the street before attempting interior attack at Fourth Alarm, North 6th & Penn Streets, March 30, 1970.

Fourth Alarm for fire and collapse at electronics supply house, North 6th & Penn Streets, center city in March 1970. Scene depicts exterior operations at height of fire as heavy smoke vents from building. Roof and top floor of building collapsed trapping members of Engine Company 1

Members access basement and prepare to advance handline through sidewalk cellar doors during overhaul at Fourth Alarm, North 6th & Penn Streets- 3-30-1970

All hands anxiously await their turn on the inside during rescue operations following collapse of fire building on Easter Monday, March 1970. At time of collapse Engine 1 was operating handline on second floor while overhauling. Without warning roof and second floor pancaked into first floor and basement. Captain Phillip Maycott and Fire Fighters Alston, DeHart, Maroldo and Winters were buried amid tons of rubble. All members managed to extricate themselves except for "the Officer and the Probie".

Removed from ruins of collapse is Probationary Fire Fighter John Maroldo. Maroldo narrowly escaping certain death after being entombed for over an hour is seen shouting at members to "find my captain". 

Captain Vincent Orme, Engine Company 7 reassures Maroldo that continuing rescue operations are underway.

Captain Maycott as last member removed from collapse is carried to waiting ambulance. Units at scene breached walls and performed tunneling and shoring operations to reach trapped members. Both Maycott and Maroldo miraculously escaped with just bruises and sprains. Remaining members of Engine 1 were treated for cuts and scrapes following near catastrophe on March 30, 1970.

Camden Fire Department - FIRE WATCH MAGAZINE, SPRING 1977



Fr. Howard G. Brickner #5           

 26 Years

Fr. Harvey J. Fisher #186

 26 Years

Capt. James W. Smith 

26 Years

Dep. Chf. Anthony C. Saponare       

 35 Years 

Fr. Andrew H. Foreman #183

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Fr. William J. Stibi #120 

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