Captain, EMT Mike Holt
Why did you join the Hendersonville Fire Department?
I have always had a desire to help and protect my fellow man.
I served in the US Army for three years and the
Tennessee Army National Guard for five.
I was also a Reserve Police Officer here in Hendersonville
prior to my employment with the fire department.
As you can see, I have been drawn to professions
where I can protect people. I have always held firefighters
in high regard, and it was a profession that appealed
to me immensely.
What do you like most about the Hendersonville Fire Department?
The HFD is a brotherhood like no other. The camaraderie
and esprit de corps of my department gives us
firefighters a sense of ownership and a great pride
in the department. The men of the department want to
do a great job for the citizens that they have sworn to protect,
and to protect their “brother” on the hose line next to them.
The men of the Hendersonville Fire Department are
summed up in one word…Courageous. These men will
stand when the others fall away. They will go forward when
others are retreating. Hendersonville firemen will always
protect their citizens with strength and zeal. This organization
is the finest group of firemen that I know and I just wanted
Hendersonville to know what an outstanding group of
people you have serving you.
What is the most significant development in your career?
My most significant development had to be when I was
promoted to Captain 1.5 year ago. Scotty Bush,
Tony Janco and I were given the opportunity to open
a new station with a new engine in the Winston Hills Subdivision.
This fire station is known as House 6. It houses Engine 6
and in my opinion, this is the finest piece of apparatus
in the department. We also house the Brush Truck and the
technical heavy Rescue Trailer. This awesome assignment
coupled with the promotion, gave me a great sense
of accomplishment. I have a crew of individuals, also in my
opinion the finest crew in the department, who are highly
motivated and competent individuals. These gentlemen
that make coming to work every shift enjoyable and
rewarding are Senior Firefighter Michael Carman,
Firefighter Jon Hall and Firefighter Ryan Miller.
What are your future plans?
Right now, I am enjoying being done with school.
In May I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the
University of Memphis. That was a difficult four-year
journey and I would like to thank the three people
in the department that helped me through that endeavor:
Fire Chief Jamie Steele, Division Chief Gary Parker,
and Senior Firefighter Steve Burtnett. All three of these
gentlemen gave me positive reinforcement and guidance
that helped me tremendously when I started to
Future Plans are actually more schooling. I plan on attending
Fire Instructor II and Fire Officer III at the state fire academy
and I have started teaching Fire Science class at Volunteer State
Community College for firefighters trying to attain
their Associate’s Degree.
Tell us about your family
My family is a great topic to talk about; I have been married to
Cindy, my best friend for 19 years. Our daughter Stephanie
graduated from HHS and is now attending Volunteer State
Community College where she will be studying nursing.
Our son Dillon is a junior at HHS. He loves Soccer and he
has been playing both spring and fall seasons in the park for four years.
He loves it so much he would play in a summer and winter
league if they were available. My father, Buddy, retired from
the railroad a few years ago and my mother Ginger works
at Wal-Mart. They both live in town. My brother Jason
also lives here in Hendersonville with his wife
Miranda and their children Lindsey, Chloe,
Madeline and Sydney.
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