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Record-Setting Geezer Set to Retire

"The Good Ol' Days Are Now…"

IRVING, TEXAS, FIRE CAPTAIN Billy Gene "Shakey" Holder will be running his last call this Saturday when he retires after serving the FD for 55 years.  That's right, five-five years.  Captain Holder is 77 years old and a local legend as what is believed to be the oldest front-line, active firefighter in the country.

Capt. Holder

He came to work in the Irving FD on December 1, 1955 and has served proudly ever since.  Today he still passes the stringent annual physical testing that all Irving firefighters are required to take.

Back in February of this year, KDFW-TV ran this video interview with "Shakey" and he explains how he got his nickname:


Firefighter of 55 Years Still Going Strong:

Saturday evening the department will be holding a big retirement celebration that will include a ceremonial "last call" from dispatch.

Read KFDW-TV report HERE.
Irving Fire Department WEBSITE.

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