Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Firefighters rally for co-worker and friend

Members of the Williams Lake Fire Department are rallying for Chris Walker, a fellow firefighter.

Members of the Williams Lake Fire Department are rallying for Chris Walker, a fellow firefighter who has a rare form of cancer entangled in his spinal cord.

“He is having his second surgery in Kamloops today and we are all waiting to hear the outcome,” said Fire Chief Des Webster Wednesday.

Walker has been with the WLFD for six years, continuing a career he began as a volunteer firefighter in Saskatchewan.

“He is an outgoing family guy, he’s got kids, he works at Gibraltar Mine,” Webster said of Walker. “The family has a long road ahead of them.”

Walker has been told by his surgeon he will not have use of his legs after the surgery so the firefighters have been fundraising and started a Gofundme account to help Walker, his wife Nancy and kids, renovate their home to be wheelchair accessible.

“We’re going to try and help out with that as much as we can,” Webster said. “We’ll try and raise money and we have some qualified carpenters out of the fire hall  willing to volunteer their labour time.”