State Fire Marshal Evaluating How to Spend Hopkinton Native’s $130,000 Bequest

Last week, we told you about a Hopkinton native who has left behind a large gift that will benefit firefighters across the state.

Walter Johnson was a longtime deputy commissioner of the Iowa Division of Labor. He died just over a year ago, leaving 130-thousand dollars to the state’s Fire Service Training Bureau.

The check was presented to State Fire Marshal Dan Wood last Thursday, who says they’ll take some time to figure out the best way to use Johnson’s generous gift.

Johnson’s gift came as no surprise to his friend and former co-worker, Mary Bryant, who says “Wally” spent 30 years in public service.

Johnson graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in 1965. He died last February at the age of 69 due to kidney failure and other complications.


(story courtesy of Radio Iowa)