The Gretna Public Safety Complex now bears a new name.
Gadsden County Commissioner Brenda A. Holt was honored last week when the complex was re-named in her honor.
Holt had been an advocate and supporter for the complex which was completed in 2007.
Last year the county commission unanimously approved the renaming of the facility the Brenda A. Holt, Gadsden County Gretna Public Safety Complex.
The re-naming of the complex came last year after a Citizens Group presented a letter with signatures of support to the commissioners requesting the Public Safety Complex in Gretna be renamed after Holt.
Holt has been the commissioner in District 4 that includes Gretna since 2002.
Gadsden County, in partnership with the City of Gretna, built the station using county resources and funds from the county’s one cent sales tax.
“Commissioner Holt fought hard for the fire station to be built, even when people said it couldn’t be done,” Gadsden County Administrator Robert Presnell said.
“She is always out there trying to get things for the county and city,” Gadsden County Sheriff’s Investigator Bryan Faison said of Holt.
In naming the building in her honor, Faison said that there was no one else that the building should be named after.
“She is the voice for people who don’t have a voice,” Faison said.
“She has always worked for Gretna and the whole county,” Willie Social said of Holt.
County commission chairman Eric Hinson said that Holt was always full of energy and passion for her community.
“Thank you for your compassion for the people,” Hinson said about naming the complex in her honor.
Gretna City manager Antonio Jefferson said that the complex had been a good example of what happens when the county and a city work together.
“Thank you for everything you have done,” Jefferson said to Holt.
“I will always do what I can to help those who sometimes get overlooked,” Holt said.
“This complex,” she said, “has been an asset to this community and I am honored to serve the people of this district.”
The Gretna Volunteer Fire Department, which is housed in the complex, receives between 75-100 emergency calls a year.
In addition, the complex is home to the City of Gretna Police Department.