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Police Thank Woman For 40 Years Of Thanksgiving Dinners On 91st Birthday

When someone has looked out for us for as long as we can remember, it's hard to describe how amazing it feels to make them happy. And based on how emotionally overwhelmed they often are when it happens, it's clear that they never expected any reward for the kindness they've shown us.

Nonetheless, they deserve it all and although it always hurts to see the people I love cry, that's the only circumstance where it feels uplifting.

But while we all have someone who has made that kind of an impression on us, some people make such a special impact that they shine a light on an entire organization. And last week, police and firefighters in New York showed their appreciation in a powerful way.

Adele Ambrose of Long Island, New York celebrated her 91st birthday on Thursday, April 23.

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As CNN reported, this came after a 40-year period in which she made an annual tradition of cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the state troopers of Riverhead, New York.

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This tradition began back in the '70s when Ambrose's husband was a mechanic who worked on the troopers' vehicles.

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According to their daughter Dawn, he would tell the officers to go inside and grab something to eat.

She said, "So they became family and that's how it began in the middle '70s. My dad said if you do for others they will do for you.

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And on Thursday, the state's police and fire services honored that motto.

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In a video posted to the New York State Police's Facebook page, a procession of police cruisers and fire trucks with their lights and sirens on can be seen passing in front of Ambrose's window as she is reflected in it.

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Ambrose is now apparently blind and has endured multiple strokes, but Dawn said her memory is as strong as ever.

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So when all of these vehicles passed in front of her home, she knew full well why they were there.

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As the video goes on, we can see Ambrose becoming overcome with emotion at the gesture.

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As the State Police wrote on Facebook, "Always special when we can say thank you back. We were proud to be part of her parade after all she has done for us."

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Ambrose also toasted with a non-alcoholic beer as the convoy went by.

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As her son Mike wrote on Facebook, "Thanks everyone for taking the time to reach out to her. She greatly appreciates your kind words."

At the time of this writing, the video of the parade has over 230,000 views.

h/t: CNN

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