An $11,000 donation was made Tuesday to the Orange Rural Fire Department to pay for firefighters to receive training in Trench Rescue. The funds were raised through community donations and through the Jeff Holden Memorial Golf Tournament in 2019. Jeff Holden was an almost 20-year veteran of the fire department, and was Assistant Chief in charge of training. He died Aug. 13, 2018 after returning from a trench rescue call.
Holden’s wife, Christa, said the funds would enable firefighters to receive trench rescue training for a year. She said the outpouring of help and donations has been tremendous.
“The owners of the Occoneechee Golf Club are an amazing group of people,” she said. “I can’t say enough good things about them. They supported us a lot. Everyone has helped, the firefighter community, the general community.”
Christa said there had been plans for a golf tournament in 2020, but Covid put a stop to them.
On hand for the donation were Orange Rural Fire Department Chief Jeff Cabe and other members of the department; Jeff Holden’s family; Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver; and Kathleen Ferguson, who is on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners.
Jeff and Christa’s son, Miller, played on one of the firetrucks and hung out with other members of the department. May 4 is also International Firefighters Day.