Firefighting

Hundreds Attend Vigil for Slain Cleveland Firefighter

Hundreds gathered Thursday night outside the home of slain Cleveland firefighter Lt. William Walker to celebrate a man who touched the lives of many in his community and beyond, reports the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“He was a great firefighter and paramedic,” said Patrick Kelly, Cleveland’s interim fire chief. “I’m a better man for having known Will Walker.”

On Sunday, an unknown assailant shot 45-year-old Walker multiple times in the chest in the driveway of his Lampson Road home. Police on Thursday said there are no new developments in the case.

Walker is survived by his wife and two children. Uloma Curry, who Walker married in July, did not attend the candlelight vigil.

Walker joined the fire department in 1998 and was a member of Rescue Squad 4, a group of highly-trained firefighters with expertise in performing dangerous rescues. He was promoted in August from firefighter to lieutenant. Walker also was certified as an emergency medical technician and occasionally traveled outside Cleveland to train other first responders.

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