Public Educator of the Year (career department): Greg Holz
The 2015 Public Educator of the Year (career) goes to Gregory Holz of the Greenfield Fire Department in Milwaukee County, where he has over 25 years of service and currently serves as a heavy equipment operator/paramedic.
Greenfield Fire Chief Jonathan Cohn said Holz’s “personal and professional commitment and efforts are integral to our fire prevention/education success.”
Cohn outlined several of Holz’s accomplishments: CPR and first aid instructor; researched and coordinated purchase of a fire extinguisher simulator; initiated and coordinates the annual Boy Scout merit badge clinic held at the Greenfield headquarters; has mentored Boy Scouts to obtain their Eagle Scout rank, including one project done recently by a department intern that benefitted the fire department; and oversaw and coordinated an in-house rebuilding of the department’s fire safety house.
Holz also has rescued several Dalmatians and has trained them to be part of the department’s school fire safety program and community events.
“Despite the impressive list above, HEO Holz is willing and interested in always expanding our prevention, education and safety footprint,” Cohn said. “Furthermore, when an organization has a champion like HEO Holz, the positive efforts become infectious and others begin to participate in these great efforts.”
Cohn, a past recipient of the award himself, was on hand at the 2015 WSFIA Annual Fire Prevention Professionals Conference in the Dells to accept the award on Holz’s behalf.