Meridian Waste Georgia LLC, a subsidiary of Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, is honoring an outstanding employee and member of the CSRA community during September, which is National Civic Engagement Month and National Preparedness Month.

Tony Holt is a 25-year veteran of the Army and has served the area for more than 20 years as a driver in the environmental services industry and as a Columbia County firefighter.

“We are fortunate to have Holt on our team,” Meridian Waste general manager Derek Waddle said. “You immediately get a sense of his dedication to his work after spending just a few minutes with him. He has a long service career helping people, giving back to his community and honoring our nation.”

Holt, who is originally from Miami, began his military career at age 18 and has been stationed across the globe in places ranging from Houston to Germany. He served in Operation Desert Storm and numerous peacekeeping missions before retiring as a sergeant first class at Fort Jackson, S.C. His experience includes working in logistics, career counseling and recruiting.

As a part-time Meridian Waste employee, Holt drives a roll-off truck delivering temporary containers to businesses and waste management do-it-yourselfers while counseling users on how to safely operate containers for best results.

“Holt came to Meridian Waste as a favor to me, helping to fortify our team of solid waste professionals by providing an extra driver to meet fluctuating demands in roll-off deliveries and collections. He helps us provide the best environmental services possible to our commercial and residential roll-off customers,” site manager and longtime friend Troy Winfrey said. “Holt is an incredible influence in all lines of business. He is a natural leader and inspires everyone with his positive spirit and pride in what he does.”

Holt continues his life of service as a firefighter working to educate residents of all ages about fire safety. He is proud of putting out dangerous and costly fires throughout Columbia County. He most recently was selected as the keynote speaker at the Columbia County 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony.

“Fighting fires and working for a safe and clean community has been a lifelong dream,” Holt said. “I have been fortunate to serve for 20 years in Columbia County as an engineer driving fire trucks, and more recently, driving garbage trucks for Meridian Waste. I will continue fighting fires and ensuring a clean environment as long as I can.”

When not serving his community, Holt enjoys cooking and grilling and riding the open road on his motorcycle.

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