This prestigious award is presented annually to a member of the fire service community in appreciation of their continued, dedicated support and service to the Burn Institute.
In 1994, the Burn Institute established the Pamela R. Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award in honor of late Fire Prevention Officer Pam Kelly, who worked for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Pam was well known for her tireless volunteer efforts throughout San Diego County.
Chief Scott Walker (ret.) 2014 Recipient
For over 20 years, retired Fire Chief Scott Walker has contributed his energy and enthusiasm to the Burn Institute. He has actively embraced a variety of the Institute’s events and programs including the Firefighter Boot Drive, the Burn Run, the Chiefs Golf Tournament and the Chiefs’ Gala & Golf Classic which he chaired last year.As the chief of Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Department, Scott embraced the annual Firefighter Boot Drive and was instrumental in starting the 01 Chiefs’ Challenge, pitting chiefs from throughout the county against each other in attempt to personally collect the most donations and win the trophy each year.
“Volunteering with the Burn Institute has been a truly rewarding experience,” said Walker. “I feel so fortunate to be able to give my time to an organization that does so much for our community. When the fire service considers nonprofits to support, the Burn Institute is the one that makes the most sense. We are able to see on a daily basis the value of the programs they provide including the support given to our own firefighters who have been injured.”
“Every time I volunteer I know that we are making a positive imprint on someone’s life. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this organization and look forward to helping to further the Burn Institute’s mission in the future,” Walker added.
The Burn institute is indebted to Scott Walker for his selfless gift of time and energy throughout his firefighting career and after and is proud to present him with the 2014 Pamela R. Kelly Volunteer of the Year Award.
Deputy Fire Marshal Adam Beardsley (2013) Captain Mark Waters (2012) Robert Pohl, Division Chief (2011)
Captain Patrick O’Neil (2010)
Engineer/Paramedic Jeff Chumbley (2009)
Chief Erwin Willis (ret.) (2008)
Captain Dale Stewart (ret.) (2007)
Deputy Chief Mitch Villalpando (2006)
Captain Ron Hollander (2005)
Captain Tom Ferguson (2004)
Captain Mike Nuanes (2003)
Captain Daryn Drum (2002)
Chief Roger Purdie (ret.) (2001)
Chief Dennis Van Der Maaten (ret.) (2000)
Captain Steve Ricci (1999)
Captain Arnell Garcia (1999)
Captain Doug Elliott (1998)
Fire Marshal Paul Dawson (ret.) (1997)
Captain Angelo Cappos (1996)
Captain Ed Montgomery (ret.) (1995)
Chief Bill Wright (ret.) (1994)