It’s not often that an individual is given his own day, but Jerry Walker’s service warranted that honor nearly 25 years ago. A war hero, fire chief, police officer, and business owner, Jerry Walker has led a life of service to his community; that includes over three decades as a Red Cross volunteer. January 29 is officially ‘Jerry Walker Appreciation Day’ in Moorhead, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota.
Walker has been with the Red Cross for 35 years, volunteering his time and hard work. The proclamation states: “Jerry has made a tremendous impact on so many people who were in need of help; and he has served as a role model for those of us who wish to give ourselves in a charitable manner.”
First dedicating his time to the Red Cross in Southern Missouri, Walker has made his mark here in the Red Cross Dakotas region with 29 years of service.
“Jerry is an extremely dedicated volunteer,” Sean Coffman, the Emergency Services Director of Red Cross Dakotas said. “He does more to help out than I think most people realize.” The citizens of the region and Red Cross personnel know and admire Walker for his charisma and passion.
“I volunteer because when I was young I was on my own most of the time, and a lot of people helped,” Walker said. “This is my way to give back.”
Walker served 2 tours in Vietnam between 1969 and 1975 and was awarded The Bronze Star and The Army Accommodation Medal. He also served in the National Guard for two years and the Navy Reserve for nine years. He also started a fire department in McCord Bend, Missouri where he was appointed Fire Chief.
Jerry is one of 400 Red Cross volunteers that serve throughout North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.