Fire and Police Compete in Blood Drive

Published 07/02 2014 05:46PM

Updated 07/02 2014 06:24PM

"I've thought several times this morning, he would just be absolutely amazed and truly, truly appreciative as we are," said AnnMarie Holder, wife of the late Officer, Rodney Holder. She speaks fondly of her husband and still struggles through the tears.

"Rodney was honored to serve our community in every way that he could as so many of our first responders are and I just, not only for Rodney, but for all first responders," she said. "I appreciate the way our community, shows respect and honor to all of them."

Today, his legacy and memory lives on at the 5th Annual, Rodney Holder Blood Drive. "He was a very dedicated blood donor, matter of fact a week before his accident he had been in to donate," she said.

This year, they decided to have a special "theme" and maybe some lighthearted competition between two longtime coworkers and friendly rivals. "Through Meek Blood Center, working together and collaborated to have a competition, so this is uh, Guns Vs. Hoses," said Abilene Police Chief, Stan Standridge.

Abilene Fire Chief, Ken Dosier, says its all in good fun, and the two have come together to remember one of their own, "I think we all loved, and dearly respected Officer Holder and to do this in his honor was another benefit in the way this was set up, so."

Kyler Holder said that his father, Rodney Holder,  left him with some life lessons he won't soon forget. "He taught me to be brave, courageous and to treat everyone equally."

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