D.C. Fire Crews Celebrate with Oldest Retiree as He Turns 104

Nov. 4, 2022
Harry Kelly, who served from 1948 until 1971, refused help to climb into the engine Thursday.

It had everything a birthday celebration should -- balloons, signs, laughter, friends, cake and a fire truck parade.

But, this one was special as D.C. fire and EMS crews turned out to help their most senior retiree celebrate his 104th trip around the sun.

A World War II veteran, Harry Kelly served the citizens of the Nation's Capital from 1948 to 1971, WUSA9 reported. 

As he climbed into the cab of a fire truck, he shooed firefighters away saying he didn't need their help. Kelly said he feels good at 104 years old.

DC Fire and EMS Chief John A. Donnelley Sr. said: "It's an honor to meet him and he is a legend in this city."