Best 100th birthday surprise ever.
Turning 100 is a pretty big deal, especially when you’re able to celebrate it with a team of firefighters from Virginia. Jeanette Carty – a longtime Norfolk resident – had the best reaction when she saw the Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department at her doorstep on June 23.
In a Facebook post, the firefighters wrote that Carty’s late husband, Joe, started working as a firefighter for the city in 1942 and served for 30 years before his death. The centenarian’s nephew, Capt. David Bear – who is now retired – was also a member of the Norfolk Fire-Rescue.
On Carty’s big day, the town’s firefighters paid her a visit and showed her how much she means to them. The members of Battalion 3, Engine 11 brought a beautiful bouquet of flowers and surprised Carty with a round of applause.
Julian Williamson, Battalion Chief for the Norfolk Fire-Rescue, said: “I thought it was a great idea. We’re always out in the public — it’s a part of what we do — but with her family’s service, we wanted to treat her to something special, to keep that family connection going. It’s not often that we know someone with that kind of connection [to the fire department] that turns 100.”
He added: “She seemed really excited about it. She was really surprised.”
Happy birthday, Mrs. Carty!