In today's business environment, it's very unlikely that a person will voluntarily work in the same industry for more than a half a century. But when Carolyn Fitch started her career in banking, Harry Truman was president of the United States and Tupperware had just been invented.
When she got to work on Friday, she found 60 roses on her desk representing her 60 years in banking.
"I like banking and that's why I stuck with it," Fitch said. "I started with the old Savannah Bank and Trust Company on January the 27, 1947."
She stayed there for 45 years and retired when Savannah Bank and Trust was sold to First Union Bank. She then went to work for the Savannah Bank, where she's been for the past 15 years.
"She's a lady that loves working at the bank and she loves all the people she meets," her sister Nita Devlin told us. "And she just has a great camaraderie with all her clients so it's been a great life for her and it's a great day."
Some of her customers have been around since the beginning, like Norman Rambo who said, "She's always been very nice to deal with and she wouldn't still be here if she wasn't. She's an asset to the bank. So that's why they have kept her around all these years."
After 60 years on the job, Fitch says she is not even thinking about retirement. "No, I have a wonderful family here, I love it. I love my customers. I love what I do and it keeps me young."
Anyone who has worked continuously for 60 years deserves recognition. Anyone who has been involved in customer service for that long deserves special recognition. That's why she's this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.
Reported by: Ron Wallace, email@example.com