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Local surgeon honored at MLK day event

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PASCO, Wash. -- To honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on this holiday,  people in the Tri-Cities gathered at Columbia Basin College for the annual bell ringing ceremony.

The event started at noon next to a statue of King on the school's campus. This year Richland surgeon Dr. Lewis Zirkle was honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. spirit award.

Zirkle was recognized for his volunteer work and non-profit organization, Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN), "sign is a very diverse organization. We promote diversity around the world, and we feel that diversity adds to the strength of our product and our teaching."

Zirkle's non-profit has helped more than 70,000 patients in 47 third world countries with surgical implants.

This is the 20th year the college has honored a person who emulates Dr. King's legacy of social change.