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Taylor's deputy fire chief receives 30-year service medal

A lifeguard, Kevin Holder changed careers in 1991
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Taylor Fire Rescue deputy chief Kevin Holder is awarded with his 30-year service medal from the governor-general by acting mayor Michelle Turnbull, June 20, 2022.

Taylor’s deputy fire chief has spent a large part of his life as a firefighter – 31 years, in fact.

While it wasn’t something Kevin Holder thought about doing as a child, having the same career for that long nowadays is unheard of.

“I got into it because I was a lifeguard,” said Holder, who transitioned into a professional firefighter in Brandon.

“That’s roughly the benchmark (for a firefighter) depending on the age you get started. Most try to get to 30 years as a goal.”

On June 20, Holder was presented with the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal for his three decades of service by acting mayor Michelle Turnbull.

He said in 1991 a lot of the work centred around structure fires. That’s changed considerably to where there’s more call-outs for road rescues and medical emergencies, where fire crews are often the first response.

Holder highly recommends it as a career.

“I love the fire hall family you get with this job,” he said when asked what he like best about the job.

"It really is like a family. We actually call each other brothers and sisters.”

“I’ve been to a lot of birthdays and weddings.”

He’s also thankful of the support he’s gotten over the years from his other family, if you will.

“You know my wife is my biggest support. I couldn’t do this without her,” added Holder.

“Sometimes you have to leave Christmas dinner or a birthday party or you don’t even get to them in the first place.”

For Holder, family is important, but after 30-plus years, it’s also evident that service to the community is as well.

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