Former Strasburg fire chief honored by council

Bill Walton

STRASBURG – The Town Council made a special presentation to former Strasburg Fire Chief Bill Walton during Tuesday’s council meeting.

During the meeting, Mayor Rich Orndorff pointed to several people who worked with Walton in the volunteer fire department.

“Back in the early 80s, you all were known as Walton’s Warriors,” Orndorff said. “Some of you have a little more gray hair, some of you have a lot less hair, but you’re still Walton’s Warriors.”

Walton started serving as fire chief 67 years ago, according to Denny Sonner, who spoke at the meeting. Former Strasburg fire chief Jeff Wharton said Walton responded to over 10,000 calls in his time with the fire department.

Wharton said Walton meant a lot to the people who worked with him in the fire department.

“[Walton is] a huge mentor to us, he’s a father figure, he’s a grandfather figure,” Wharton said during the meeting.

Near the end of his speech, Wharton presented Walton with a frame containing Walton’s uniform.

“I can’t say enough about you,” Wharton said. “I love you to pieces.”

As Wharton finished, Walton came up to speak. Walton thanked the people of Strasburg.

“[Strasburg is] a wonderful place to live,” Walton said. “It’s a place of opportunity. And I don’t care what anybody says. But it’s on your own, and you’ve got to work for it.”

In addition to having served as fire chief, Walton owned an auto repair shop called Bill’s Service Center. According to Mari-Ane Fowler, a member of the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Bill’s Service Center has been in business for 49 years —  since April 1968.