Photo by Frankies Photos Allen Oklahoma
Capt "Shakey" Holder retired after 56 years on an Irving Fire Truck
At the age of 77
after only 56 years
on the truck
retired form firestation #1
Captain Holder started as an Irving firefighter in 1955, and quickly earned his Shakey nickname. “I got that name after I got here, because I was a little nervous at 21 years old,” he explained before his retirement. “It stuck with me ever since.”
Holder still passes the firefighter's timed endurance test, every time.... Let me say that again. He still passes the firefighter's timed endurance test, every time. Then goes on the say "Takes me six or more seconds than it does a rookie."
I'm a great grandfather. But I don't feel like it. I'm telling you I don't feel like I should be that old. I feel like I'm about 30."
Holder is a legend, and not just because of what he does but because of what he is made up of.
Two years before his retirement Chief Molina honored him by putting his name "Shakey" on the new fire engine.
The day I started, I didn't realize it was such a big day. I just thought I would be a fireman." The big day lead to that 56 yr record. As far as anyone knows his is the longest run ever. He retired at the age of 77. Yes I said 77 and he was still able to pass the test. “Takes me six more seconds than it does a rookie,” he admitted.
"If you can fill his boots,
the fire department
would like to talk to you.
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