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Tim Holman retires after 30 years of service with the military

JIYOON KIM / ANTELOPE STAFF Tim Holman is a veteran, a cancer survivor and a retired UNK PD officer.

Updated: 11/18/2021

This is a correction regarding last week’s Issue 8 feature story about Tim Holman, who is a police officer at UNK.
The headline was not correct in saying Holman retired from the UNK Police Department.
Instead, the correct information is that Holman retired from the military after 30 years of service, not from his duties as a campus police officer.
Since retiring from the military, Holman has returned to working on the campus police force.
The story will be re-printed with the corrected information in the final Antelope issue of the semester, which will be published Dec. 1.
We would like to thank the UNK Police Department and Holman for their patience. We would also like to encourage the UNK community to continue to contact The Antelope if any further corrections need to be made to stories.
The Antelope staff strives to print accurate information.

Original: 11/11/2021

UNK officer, Tim Holman, retired after 30 years in the U.S. military. After surviving two branches, two deployments and two bouts with cancer, Holman has become a familiar UNK Police Department officer to students.

Holman joined the military in 1991 after graduating halfway through his senior year.

“I’ve been deployed once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan,” Holman said.

He started with four years of active duty in the Marine Corps followed by nine years in the reserves in Omaha. Holman continued his service for another 18 years with the Army reserves in Lincoln. 

While in the Army, he worked as an engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during this time when he developed a passion for law enforcement.

While in Lincoln, Holman received an associate degree in criminal justice from Southeast Community College. He worked briefly in Hall County before coming to UNK in 2016. 

He commuted from Lincoln for years until he and his wife moved to Minden in 2018. Now he lives with his wife and youngest son who attends high school. He is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at UNK. 

Holman loves working at UNK because of the small town, the community and the more personable aspect of UNK PD. He appreciates the smaller, low-crime environment.

“He enjoys interacting with students and getting to know people,” Holman’s wife said.

Since starting at UNK, Holman faced two cancer diagnoses. 

First Holman overcame cancer in 2016, which was followed by a more serious bout in 2018. Holman underwent surgery for 11 hours and 11 minutes to have his tongue and teeth removed as he battled oral cancer in 2019. 

Today he remains two years in remission, grateful to be back at UNK and cancer-free. Ted Eichholz, UNK PD parking coordinator, has seen Holman develop enthusiasm for his work since he was a community service officer. 

“Right after the surgery, he was wanting to come in,” Eicholz said. “He was wanting to work. This is where he wanted to be. He didn’t want to be sitting at home on the sofa, trying to rest to recover.”

Holman has developed countless connections with people, and he said his experience as a father and grandfather help him to connect with people on a lot of different levels. Holman pursued his passion for law enforcement and his ambition has followed him from the military.

“Keep following your dreams — that’s what Tim’s doing,” Eicholz said.

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    Jason BakerNov 12, 2021 at 11:44 am

    The headline is misleading. It sounds like he is retiring from UNK with 30 years as a police officer.

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      Avery DuttonNov 12, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you for your comment. We are working on a correction for the article and will be uploading it soon.