WINNEBAGO, Nebraska (KTIV) – The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska gathered to honor one of their hometown heroes.
Federal Officer Tony Walker, a Winnebago-native, helped save 39 people from a burning building in North Dakota.
His hometown gathered together Wednesday to recognize his heroism.
Officer Tony Walker and his partner ran into a burning apartment building, with no protective equipment on, and began kicking in doors and getting families out.
Wednesday’s celebration, in Winnebago, Nebraska, which commemorated that heroic event, started with a first responder escort into town.
That was followed by a more traditional ceremony at the Black Hawk Center.
The room was filled with over 100 friends and family members, as well as, fellow first responders from Winnebago, and nearby Homer.
After the blessing, Walker was presented with a ceremonial Native American pipe, several blankets and other commemoratives.
“We want to give him the highest honor that we can as a family and a community. We’re going to show how the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska honors a hero” said Richard Walker, Officer Tony Walker’s Grandfather.
The Tribal Council also proclaimed June 14th as Anthony Walker Day in Winnebago.
Following the ceremony, a traditional Native American dance was held in Walker’s honor.