Randy Kirkevold (L) and Adam Walker (R) pose with the awards. They have been neighbors in north Fargo for many years.
On October 23, 2017, Adam Walker pulled into his driveway at home after completing another day of work at Houston Engineering, Inc. and dropping his daughter off at dance class. His family wasn’t home yet, so instead of going directly inside—as he normally would—he decided to visit his next-door neighbor, Randy Kirkevold. Adam walked over and noticed Randy working underneath his pickup truck. He wasn’t moving, so Adam shouted out a greeting: “Hey, what are you working on?” When he did not hear a response from the usually chatty Randy, he knew something wasn’t right.
Moving closer to the pickup, he realized Randy was unconscious. Adam tried to wake him up before quickly pulling out his phone to call 9-1-1. Following the instructions of emergency services, Adam pulled his neighbor out from under the truck. He began to follow CPR instructions given by the dispatch while an ambulance was on the way. Thanks to Adam’s heroic efforts and his ability to stay focused under pressure, he saved Randy’s life.
The F-M Ambulance and the Fargo Fire Department presented Adam with the Citizen Life Saving Award for his quick use of CPR and the actions he took that October evening. Adam was among several other local heroes recognized during the awards ceremony on February 6, 2018. Adam’s 9-1-1 call will be used as an example for ongoing CRP training in the area.
Adam was interviewed by the Forum newspaper on this story. Read the article.
Adam and Randy pose with the first responder team who helped save Randy's life.