See Why An Entire Fire Department Lined Up Outside This Elderly Woman's House

July 5, 2016

On June 22, a former firefighter's widow turned 100 years old.

Jeanette Carty's husband, Joe, spent thirty years in the force serving from 1942 to 1972.

firefighters line up for widow
The Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department

The Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department in Virginia wanted to make Jeanette's 100th birthday special.

When she heard a knock on her door, she walked outside to see firefighters lined up outside of her house cheering and holding flowers.

firefighters line up for widow
The Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department

"It's that way with fire departments," Norfolk Battalion Chief Julian Williamson said, "Once you're in and you serve, you're part of a close-knit family."

Jeanette was married to Joe for 74 years and till he passed away in 2008 at the age of 94.

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