Retired firefighter celebrates 90th birthday

August 20, 2009 8:35:32 PM PDT
The Chicago Fire Department gave Donald Mergler a bridge to the past for his 90th birthday.Mergler is a retired firefighter. And his family requested that he be allowed to visit the same fire boat on which he served.

Mergler retired about 30 years ago. He still has his helmet and wore it proudly on Thursday as he visited the boat with his six daughters and several grandchildren.

Mergler even got a ride on the boat. And at one point he operated one of the water cannons.