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      Albany veteran receives award of a lifetime

      Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul, left, awards Holman Holt, right, with a lifetime membership to the Georgia Sheriff's Association Thursday morning. / Mike Manzoni

      15 years ago, Holman Holt was on his way home from work when he drove by one of the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes â" he has been donating ever since, and Thursday he got an award for his generosity.

      Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul awarded Holt with a lifetime membership to the Georgia Sheriff's Association.

      Holt, 80, said he donates five or six times per year, and has donated in memory of his 4-year-old grandson who drowned in 1980, and his wife who died in 2004.

      "Children like Mr. Holt said that have been separated through a traumatic experience that took place in their lives such as an automobile accident or a tornado that separated a family, there's no relatives left to take care of the family," said Sproul.

      Holt, who is an Air Force veteran, said he donates to help those in need. "I feel good about it because I feel I'm helping out those kids that didn't have anything, or lost what they had, and i figured they could use the help.

      Holt said he intends to continue donating for the rest of his life.

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