A member of the Auburn City Fire Department for the last 20 years, Trent Lindholdt lost his battle with cancer earlier this month. His co-workers say he'll be remembered for mentoring every new firefighter who walked through the door.
“He would take the time, sit out in the engine bay and go over each piece of equipment that was on the engine with the new firefighters,” said Auburn Fire’s Erik Croft. “He’d explain their purpose and their functions.”
Lindholdt also loved community service projects.
“When we’d go to schools to do fire safety events, he’d be the one to put on the turnouts and show the kids what we look like when we’re in gear,” Croft remembered. “He’d explain basic fire safety to children, show the engine and, you know, just be a hero.”
Lindholt was a big supporter of the firefighter’s "Fill the Boot” campaign.
“He raised over $60,000 in the years that he did it,” Croft said.
Lindholdt was also a regular at the department’s annual charity football game. Riddled with Stage 4 cancer, he wasn't able to play in the Pig Bowl this January. Even so, the man they called “T-Dog” will be remembered for years to come.
“We are going to be retiring his jersey,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Captain Jim Barnes. “Number 30 will never be worn again by a Fire Dog football player in honor of him and the impact he had on all of us.”
Services for Lindholdt will be held Friday morning at Bayside Church in Granite Bay. A fire department procession to the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn will follow, for a Celebration of Life.