Walton awarded Jonathan Gamble Memorial Scholarship from Winona Fire Department

Pictured is McKenzie Walton of Winona, the 2017 recipient of the annual Jonathan Gamble Memorial Scholarship administered by the Winona Fire Department (WFD). In attendance were Robert Walton, from left, her grandfather and retired WFD chief; Gary Walton, her father and former WFD assistant chief; and Lynden Gamble, Johnathan Gamble’s brother. (Submitted photo)

WINONA — McKenzie Walton of Winona is the 2017 recipient of the annual Jonathan Gamble Memorial Scholarship administered by the Winona Fire Department (WFD).

She is the daughter of Stephanie Walton and Gary Walton. A 2017 graduate of United High School, she is a student at Wilmington College, majoring in agricultural business.

The $1,000 scholarship is in memory and honor of Jonathan Gamble and his many years of dedicated service to his community and the department.

Gamble served as fire chief of the department for seven and half years before moving to Florida where he continued to serve as a volunteer firefighter for several additional years.

Gamble also served as the county representative for the Columbiana County Firefighters Association in the early 1970s for the Ohio State Firefighters Association while also operating a large dairy farm in the Winona area with his family.

After returning to Ohio, he served for several years as an officer of the North Coast Lite Flyers. Gamble tragically lost his life in an ultra-light aircraft accident in July 2007.

The scholarship was established by Gamble’s family members, with emphasis on an applicant’s community service and leadership, as well as the continued desire to expand on one’s education.

Applicants for the scholarship must be affiliated with the WFD through a current or former member. Applications are available each spring from the department. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made to the WFD, P.O. Box 167, Winona, Ohio 44493.

McKenzie graduated in the top 10 of her class, was named to the National Honor Society, and received the Presidential Excellence Award. She held several officer positions in the United Future Farmers of America and is a member of the Columbiana County Junior Fair Board. In high school she participated in band, softball and academic challenge. Additionally, she was active in the Winona United Methodist Church youth group and assisted with the sound system during Sunday services.

McKenzie worked part-time at a local dairy farm and this past summer was a student employee at United Local Schools.

— Submitted material