Maytag Salutes: Walter Feather

06 May, 2014

Walter Feather


Walter Feather


Roanoke, Virginia

Why We’re Saluting Walter

Walter Feather started the second fire and rescue station in all of Bedford County, Virginia in 1974 with the help of his brother, Robert Feather. Together, Robert and Walter worked many days and months going door-to-door in order to seek donations, along with hours of community fundraising, to build the fire and rescue station. In addition to saving many lives during his time at the station, Walter delivered the first baby by any rescue squad in the area.

In 1999, Walter’s ambulance was struck by a car. Even though he was seriously injured, he got out of the wreckage and pulled the other victim to safety. While his injuries forced him to retire from the fire and rescue squad, he continues to support his station in fundraising and public speaking. When asked why it was important to give back to his community, Walter explains, “I was doing it to help people and get them out and safe.”

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