If the Norfolk, Virginia, Fire-Rescue Department had an official grandmother, it would be Jeanette Carty. Her late husband, Joe, served 30 years with the department, starting in 1942. Her nephew, Captain David Bear, and his father also served. Jeanette still lives in the same house where she and Joe raised their children, and recently the Fire-Rescue Department came to her home -- not to extinguish a fire, but to honor her on her 100th birthday.
Norfolk Fire-Rescue Department
Firefighters escorted the grinning centenarian outside to a reception line where dozens of firefighters stood in formation. They presented her with a sunflower bouquet as new recruits in red shirts applauded. How did Jeanette react? "I was never so surprised in my life," she said. "It was amazing."