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Lawrence firefighter dies shortly after completing training

The Lawrence Fire Department is mourning the loss of a firefighter.
Photo: City of Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WTHR) - The Lawrence Fire Department is mourning the loss of a firefighter.

Chief Dino Batalis says Lawrence Firefighter Jeffrey Holt, age 60, died shortly after 10 a.m. Monday while on duty in the City of Lawrence.

Firefighter Holt had just completed his annual physical assessment training that is a requirement for all firefighters.

Chief Batalis says Holt suffered a medical episode, likely cardiac-related. Despite the efforts of fellow medics and firefighters, Holt was pronounced dead at the Indiana Heart Hospital.

Holt was hired as a full time Lawrence firefighter in 1996. During his career with the Lawrence Fire Department, Jeff served as an Engineer, Lieutenant, Division Chief of Training, and a Deputy Chief of Operations. He was currently assigned to the engine company at Lawrence Fire Station 36, anticipating his retirement.

Firefighter Holt was well-respected by his fellow firefighters and EMS personnel. Lawrence Mayor Steve Collier has ordered all flags at City of Lawrence facilities lowered to half-staff, in respect and honor to Firefighter Holt.