"A Job Well Done": bronze sculpture of Captain "Shakey" Holder
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"A Job Well Done"-bronze sculpture by Ann Ayres of Captain "Shakey" Holder of the Irving, Texas fire department.
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. "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," he said. "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 and is still able to pass the fitness test.
Two years before his retirement Chief Molina honored him by putting his name "Shakey" on the new fire engine. "Holder is a legend, and not just because of what he does but because of what he is made up of," said the chief. "If you can fill his boots, the fire department would like to talk to you."