Christopher Allen Staley was born October 17, 1988, to Brenda and Kenny Staley Sr. in La Plata, Maryland. He had one brother, the late Kenny Staley Jr., 24, who passed away on March 9, 2011. He has a sister, Tiffany Marie; stepbrothers, Kyle and Eddie Hughes; stepsisters, Chelsie Hughes, Stephanie Peorotta, and Jennifer Staley; and several nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed being a member of the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS and often was the first to sign up whenever there was a parade or other company function. He achieved several response awards.
On August 6, 2011, Christopher was at Wicomico Shores Yacht Club pier when a fellow jumped off to go swimming. He became in trouble, and Christopher jumped in to save him. Both were in trouble and did not resurface. Cobb Island fire boat responded mutual aid and assisted several other units already on the scene. Eventually, Charles County Dive Team sonar picked up the two together, and they were recovered by Cobb Island Fire Boat 6.