Cooper orders flags at half-staff for fallen Orange Rural firefighter

Orange County News
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Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Saturday in honor of a fallen Orange County firefighter.

Assistant Chief Jeff Holden of the Orange Rural Fire Department, died after a rescue of a construction worker trapped in a trench on West Ten Road in Efland.

Holden leaves behind a wife and child, a release from the department said.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office will rule on the cause of death.

“He was a firefighter’s firefighter,” Chief Jeff Cabe said. “Most of the things a firefighter would see by the end of career, he saw in his first 30 days.”

Holden started as a junior member of the department in 2001 when he was 16 years old.

“He fell in love with it and decided when he graduated he wanted to do that,” Cabe said.

The Orange Rural Fire Department resumed full operations at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Hillsborough Firefighters Association has opened a share account at the Local Government Federal Credit Union for the family.

Those who would like to donate can visit any State Employees Credit Union location to make a deposit into the “Scholarship Fund for Miller” account.

A motorcade procession to transfer Holden’s remains is planned for Wednesday afternoon and starts in Chapel Hill and ends in Hillsborough.

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