Fire Apparatus Operator (FAO) Kenneth Holland, longtime firefighter with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES), worked his last shift as a firefighter after 15 years of service to the citizens of Cherokee County.
FAO Holland was recognized at a retirement breakfast at Station 15 Friday where friends and family gathered to honor him. Deputy Chief Kevin Lanier presented FAO Holland with a speaking trumpet. The speaking trumpet is a symbol of leadership and tradition in the fire service. In the 18th century, American volunteer firefighting companies would use speaking trumpets to amplify their voices over the noise and commotion on a fire scene while directing the firefighters battling the fire. CCFES commonly presents a speaking trumpet to retirees in honor of their service to the department and the citizens of our community.
Fifteen years ago, Holland joined CCFES after retiring from the military. He’s served the citizens throughout Cherokee County faithfully since then with his last assignment being at Station 15 in the Mica community. This morning Holland departed the station in Engine 15 for one last ride as a career firefighter with CCFES.
The members of CCFES are grateful for the years of service FAO Holland has given to the department and community. We wish him a long and happy retirement!