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Teen used CPR to try to save grandfather on hunting trip

Berkeley Springs man described as patriotic, devoted to family

Berkeley Springs man described as patriotic, devoted to family

November 24, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION and TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Toni Davison was on her first deer hunting trip with her grandfather in the Cold Run Valley area Monday when he bent over and fell.

"I said, 'Are you all right?' and he didn't respond," Toni, 15, said Tuesday.

Curtis Lane Walker, 73, of Berkeley Springs, died Monday of an apparent heart attack on the first day of West Virginia's buck season.

Toni called her mother, Tammy Walker Davison, on a cell phone from the woods after her grandfather fell, and the girl's mother told her how to perform CPR on her grandfather.

Davison said Toni and her grandfather were hunting behind Davison's sister's house along Cold Run Valley Road. Davison's brother-in-law was able to find them by following the tracks from the all-terrain vehicle they were using.

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"When he got there, Toni was administering CPR," Davison said.

Toni said Tuesday she was not familiar with administering CPR, and she felt like she was "in shock" as she started the process.

"It was like an adrenaline rush," the 10th-grader said.

"She's holding up pretty well," Davison said of her daughter.

Toni said her grandfather was loading rifles onto the all-terrain vehicle when he fell.

She said he taught her a lot and that she will never forget the good times they had together. She said her grandfather was a great role model and she remembered how he was giving her advice about life while the two were sitting in the woods Monday.

When Toni expressed an interest in hunting with her grandfather this year, "he was tickled pink," Davison said. When he died, he "was doing what he loved and he was with someone he loved," she said.

Toni and her grandfather spent last weekend cleaning guns and taking target practice, Davison said.

Family members on Tuesday described Walker as a patriotic man who became easily angered when someone showed disrespect to the national anthem.

Walker's son, Curtis Lane Walker Jr., recalled the devotion his father showed toward family members, saying, "I value even more the example" his father set now that he has a wife and two daughters.

Walker served in the Navy, worked as an electrician and had been retired from the federal government for 16 years. He had been a hunter since he was about 10 years old.

Walker was one of three people who died on the first day of the state's buck season.

One death involved a Cumberland, Md., man who was stricken while dragging a deer in Pendleton County and the other involved a Moorefield, W.Va., resident who was found dead in his vehicle in Hardy County.

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