A New Yorker with a vibrant spirit, lots of character and a welcoming smile got her birthday wish fulfilled Monday to ride in the Coos Bay Fire Department’s new 2019 Pierce Fire Engine.

Anne Soll, a resident at Ocean Ridge Assisted Living, was given the chance to ride alongside firefighters as part of her 100th birthday celebration. Staff members at Ocean Ridge and the Coos Bay Fire Department worked for months to surprise Soll and present her with the memorable gift.