By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

The Medicine Man award will be presented Saturday - also now known as Bill Alford Day.

The designation is for the first Saturday of each May and was bestowed by the Bell County Commissioners Court recently in honor of the late Bill "Wild Bill" Alford.

Alford, who founded the Medicine Man award and the annual Comanche Gap Spring Feed and Barbecue 31 years ago, died in January.

He was known for his service to the nation and the community.

Alford served as a member of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He also served two terms on the Killeen City Council. During that time, the city built a new public library and city hall.

Alford also was employed with the Killeen Independent School District for more than 30 years as a teacher, coach and attendance officer; and was a charter member of the Killeen Exchange Club.

But one of his most notable achievements was creating the Medicine Man award to honor the "unheralded good deeds" of someone who has made "good medicine" by helping others, especially young people.

The council selects the honoree by secret ballot.

Alford hosted the tribal council for 31 years at his home at Comanche Gap, located off Farm-to-Market 2410 on the outskirts of Harker Heights.

In 2010, Alford bestowed his last award to Charlie Watts.

He described Watts as "one known for working with youth, for his reliability and love for God and country."

This year, Alford will be paid tribute at the gathering. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

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