INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Fire Department celebrated one of their own at an event on Thursday.
Retired IFD firefighter Everett Herman will turn 100 years old on Monday.
He was a guest of honor at the annual IFD Retirees Luncheon, and those in attendance showed Herman enormous respect, gratitude and appreciation for his time served and the life he has lived, officials said.
Herman was an IFD firefighter for 25 years from 1942 until 1967.
He was married to his wife for 67 years and they raised five children together.
Officials said Herman is a dedicated father and grandfather. He has a total of 31 grandchildren including his 11 grandkids, several great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.
"Mr. Herman is a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School and a sincere man of faith as he attends church service every Sunday with his family," IFD officials said.
When he was asked what he enjoyed most about his years with IFD, he said he enjoyed going to work every day because the firefighters and people he interacted with treated him so kind that it was always a positive experience when he went to work.
Herman was appreciative and humble about being honored at the luncheon by his peers. Those in attendance said he was thankful and enjoyed his day.