NELSON "HAMMY" BOWERS was born in 1933 in Philadelphia to William Armstead Bowers and his
wife, the former Helen Clark, who were both originally from Delaware. He had an older sister, Vivian. His early years were spent in Philadelphia.
After coming out of the Navy, Ronald and Bernice Bowers made their home at 617 Clinton Street. He was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on June 29, 1962. After completing training Ronald Bowers was assigned to Ladder Company 2. He served over 35 years with different companies throughout the city.
Ronald and Bernice Bowers had four daughters, Fern, Ronda, Vivian, and JoAnn. Sadly, Mrs. Bowers passed away in December of 1986.
Ronald Bowers served at Engine Company 3 under Captain Richard Carver, with
firefighters Robert Allen Sr. and Charles Arline. He retired on February 1, 1996.
December 3, 1951
William Kenton - Ronald Bowers
March 19, 1955
|Camden Courier-Post * July 25, 1962|
9 Firemen Graduate In City Test
Graduation exercises for nine of the city's newest firemen were held Tuesday in headquarters at 3rd and Arch Streets under direction of Public Safety Director Bedell and Fire Chief Edward R. MacDowell.
The graduates and their assignments are Joseph Anderson, Canterbury Apartments, No. 1 Ladder; Prescott Johnson, 1238 Kenwood Avenue, No. 8 Engine; Philip Maycott, 1023 North 32nd Street, No. 9 Engine; George Getty, Canterbury Apartments, No. 2 Engine; Ronald Bowers, 617 Clinton Street, No. 2 Ladder; William Young, 3167 Westfield Avenue, No. 2 Engine Company; Wayne Kraft, 1052 N. 35th Street, No. 3 Ladder; Raymond Eldridge, 7 North Dudley Street, No. 7 Engine; and Donald Goehringer, 30 North 24th Street, No. 7 Engine Company.
They will receive a starting salary of $4,800. Chief MacDowell said this brings the department to 170 hosemen and to 224 total personnel in the department.
All nine were graduated after receiving three weeks of training at the fire school under the direction of Captain Leo J. Tompkins.
Their training also included two days at the Navy Fire School at the Philadelphia Naval Base.
February 2, 1967
Ladder Company 2
Engine Company 8
Front Row: Ronald
Bowers - Philip Bocelli
|Engine Company 8 - 1970s|
|Ronald Bowers - Ronald Angemi|
|___________ - ___________ - Ronald Bowers|
|Camden Fire Department Reunion Dinner - September 2010|
Marini, Ron Bowers, Ron Angemi, James Robinson, Bob Williams
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