ROXBURY, NJ – A motorcade of well-wishers that including Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi recently brought some 100th birthday cheer to Charlie Russo, an Air Force veteran and member of the Roxbury Ever Young Seniors group.

Russo, who lives in Mine Hill, celebrated his big day June 10.

About 30 people, including many members of the Ever Young club, joined in the birthday celebration. Palanchi, who came in a police car, was in one of about 15 vehicles that showed up at Russo's home for the gathering.

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Born in Franklin Borough, Russo lived in Hibernia following his 71-year-long marriage to his wife, Jen, according to friends.

They said he joined the Air Force in 1943 and became a pilot. After being discharged in 1946, Russo worked at Picatinny Arsenal.

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