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On Thursday, the newly-appointed police force of Camden will receive their stars and uniforms, and enter upon the discharge of their duties. The following is the corrected list of officers: -- Daniel W. Curlis, chief. Officers. -- First Ward -- John I. Smith, Charles M. Hay, Thomas E. Mason. Second Ward -- James W. Ayres, Daniel Johntry, Charles Catting. Third Ward -- William Chambers, Theodore W. Jones, Abraham Lower. Fourth Ward -- William H. Hawkins, William D. Middleton, Thos H. Cols. Fifth Ward - John W. Campbell, Smuel Mortland, William A White. Sixth Ward - John J. Brown, Jesse C. Chew, Cornelius N. Brown. Seventh Ward. -- Joseph Muinbaeck, Jacob Hefflenger, Miles Morgan. Eight Ward - Henry L. Johnson, William Campbell, William Howard.

The New Police Force

On Thursday, the newly-appointed police force of Camden will receive their stars and uniforms, and enter upon the discharge of their duties.

Photo taken 5-20-1871 in front of the Friendship Engine & Hose Company No.1 of Chambersburg, PA. The steam engine on the right has just arrived after being purchased from Millville, N.J. This apparatus was originally purchased by the Independence Fire Company No.3 of Camden in June 1864. It was a class two Amoskeag steamer bearing serial No. 92. Independence sold the apparatus to Millville in 1869.

Inception of the First Paid Fire Department in the US

On June 7, 1866 Camden’s City Council enacted an ordinance reorganizing the volunteer fire service to improve efficiency in operations. This ordinance provided for increased compensation to the fire companies (Weccacoe and Independence got $800 per annum to be paid quarterly, the Weccacoe and Shiffler Hose companies and the United States Fire Company received $200 annually). The volunteer fire companies were also directed to select a Chief Fire Marshal and three Assistant Marshals, one fromĀ each district. The selections were subject to approval by Council. The new department was called “The Fire Department of the City of Camden”. In protest of this ordinance the New Jersey Fire Company No.4 withdrew from the new, organized volunteer department.