WILLIAM J. HOPKINS was born in Camden on November 22, 1923 to William Hopkins and his wife Mary. His father was a member of the Camden Fire Department.

The 1930 census shows the family, which included younger sister Mary, at 520 Grant Street in North Camden. The 1940 Camden City Directory shows William Hopkins residing at 819 Grant Street.

William J. Hopkins Jr. was appointed to the Camden Fire department on December 30, 1955. He reported for duty with Ladder Company 1 on January 1, 1956.

By the end of the 1960s William J. Hopkins Jr.  moved to 127 South 32nd Street in East Camden, and maintained a residence there through at least 1980. He retired from the Fire Department on July 1, 1981.

William J. Hopkins Jr. was last a resident of Villas in Cape May County, New Jersey. He died on May 1, 1985.

Camden Courier-Post - December 30, 1955

Edward T. Irwin - North 24th Street - William J. Hopkins - Grant Street - Robert R. Rowan - Erie Street
Alchester Warren -
Walnut Street - John L. Sterner - Lincoln Avenue
Leon C. Puszczykowski - Congress Road - Joseph A. Verderosa - Thurman Street
William J. O'Connor -
Dudley Street - Westfield Acres - Kenneth Clark - Carl R. Szalkowski
Alfred Nigro - South 5th Street - Francis Stibi - Bailey Street - James H. Troutman - High Street

Engine Company 2 with new pumper in front of quarters, 5th & Arch Streets, 1960. 
Bottom row, from left: Fireman
Harrison MacNeir, Chief Edward MacDowell, Fireman James Troutman, Captain Albert Weller, Fireman Charles Devlin, Fireman William Hopkins, Fireman George Hennessey; Top row, left to right: Fireman Francis Stibi, Fireman Robert Briggs, Fireman Bertram Dahl, Fireman Erwin Brennan, Captain Thomas Winstanley, Fireman Anthony Orme..



George Baxter - Edward V. Michalak - Otto Kaiser - Joseph Anderson - George Getty
William Hopkins - W.J. Gribble - West Jersey Hospital - Walt Whitman Hotel - Jane Born

October 9, 1973

Firefighter William Hopkins
at the Tiller
Ladder Company 1

Fire at the
Liberty Public School

740 Spruce Street

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