Kirk Walker, M.D., FACC, FSCAI and Terri Walker, OD, both received the Distinguished Project Award from the City of Salem. The recognition honored their work on the Salem Fire Foundation/Salem Fire Department’s program to teach every eighth-grader in Salem/Keizer CPR and use of an AED.
On Oct. 2, 2017, the City of Salem celebrated more than 9,300 volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration at the Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Library.
Jim Lewis, Councilperson for Ward 8 presented the award to the Walker’s. The couple conducted research and spearheaded the CPR/AED project, thus fulfilling a recent legislative mandate to educate students with these life-saving techniques. In 2016, the Salem Fire Foundation funded and educated 2,572 students, who later taught 845 family members.
Salem Fire Foundation Executive Director Mary Louise VanNatta said, “The Walkers provided an amazing, lifesaving service to Salem. This award is well deserved.”