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Phoenix Fire Department surprises woman for 100th birthday celebration

May 4, 2020, 2:40 PM

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Fire Department)...

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Fire Department)

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Fire Department)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Fire Department on Monday made a special house call to give a woman a proper 100th birthday celebration during the coronavirus outbreak.

Bea Markow was able to enjoy her centennial celebration after Phoenix Fire and family members surprised her at the assisted living facility she resides at near 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

The celebration was highlighted by firefighters who used a ladder to meet Markow at her third-floor apartment while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The firefighters gave Markow a customized fire helmet, balloons and other trinkets for her birthday.

“I’m just blown away by this whole event,” Paul Markow, Bea’s son, said. “The Phoenix Fire Department and the Palazzo did an unbelievable job.”

Paul Markow said the family was originally going to have his mother’s 100th birthday party at her residence and invite 100 people for the occasion.

Coronavirus ruined those plans and he hasn’t been able to see her since February as a result.

Markow, firefighters and other onlookers even joined in to sing happy birthday to Bea.

“It was a no-brainer for us,” Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade said. “We’re excited to be out here today.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.

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Phoenix Fire Department surprises woman for 100th birthday celebration