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Lt. William Walker dies in his driveway

James W. Wade III | 11/6/2013, 10:11 a.m.
In a written release, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson shared the following statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family ...
Lt. William Walker being sworn in with a fellow firefighter at Cleveland City Hall. (Photo courtesy of City of Cleveland)

News of a firefighter getting killed has sparked concern in the Cleveland community and has many in the neighborhood asking why. Police shared that after Lt. William Walker, 45, parked in his driveway, he was shot multiple times in the chest while walking into his home near the Collinwood area of Cleveland.

In the report, police said they responded at 8:30 p.m. to the scene in the 1800 block of Lampson Road Sunday night.

A press conference was held Monday afternoon to address the murder. Few details were released including a statement that some of his family heard shouting, possible arguing outside the home.

EMS and Fire responded to the scene and Lt. Walker was conveyed to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment of his injuries before he expired. Suspect information was not available as of press time.

Walker spent 15 years with the division. He was just promoted this past August. Walker was also recently married this past summer and was a member of the Prince Hall Ecclesiastes Lodge 120.

“He was a firefighter’s firefighter,” Frank Szabo, president of Cleveland Firefighters Local 93 said. “He always put everyone else’s needs ahead of his own.”

Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray shared how Walker was a dedicated and devoted firefighter.

In a written release, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson shared the following statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Lt. Walker at this difficult time. His service to our community was invaluable and he will be missed. I am truly sorry for your loss.”

In a time where many look for the negative, Szabo said he looked for the positive. “This is a guy who would read the paper and take away what’s positive, and ask himself, ‘Who can we serve today?’ He would give you the shirt off his back.”

He was a great asset to the division. He was very well-respected and well-liked by members of his division,” Gray said. Talk around the streets suggests Walker’s death may be related to the fact that he was against drugs.

Walker’s fellow Masonic brother, Dwaine Parks said, “Will Walker was a stand up, classy kind of guy. He loved people and helping others, which was a perfect fit for his lifestyle as a Prince Hall Mason, firefighter and EMT.”

“No matter who’s talking, everybody seems to agree Walker was a man everyone liked. We are living in a rough world. I am hoping they find the murderers and bring them to justice,” said Gray.

The police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Homicide Unit at (216) 623-5464.