Program: Fire Science/Paramedicine
Alton Fire Department
Lewis and Clark alumnus Don Holliday credits a work ethic instilled by his parents, combined with skillsets learned at L&C, for his success climbing the ranks within the Alton Fire Department.
A 20-year AFD veteran, he has been able to steadily advance his career by learning new skills, and has earned associate degrees in both Fire Science and Paramedicine from Lewis and Clark.
“Through the years, I have attained certifications in CPR instruction, technical rescue and advanced firefighter,” Holliday said. “After a promotion, I currently hold the position of engineer/paramedic.”
An Alton native, Holliday’s decision to attend L&C was easy because, not only is the college affordable and close to home, but it offers classes both on campus and online.
“The education at L&C has afforded me access to an awesome career,” Holliday said. “It’s given me the knowledge to perform my job effectively. The degrees and certifications made me eligible for preference points during promotional exams and pay incentives. As a result, it has given me the ability to provide for my family.”
According to Holliday, the best part about his career is it has given him the opportunity to help people.
“Assisting with the births of three babies in the field have been shining moments in my career so far,” Holliday said. “Being able to help people is the best part.”
To learn more about L&C’s Fire Science or Paramedicine programs, contact Bernie Sebold at (618) 468-4914 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Darla Long at (618) 468-4918 or email@example.com respectively.