98-year-old WWII veteran lifts spirits as volunteer at Delray Medical Center

A life dedicated to service

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A WWII veteran is making a name for himself in the hallways of Delray Medical Center. Charles Carroll is well known, not for his military service, but for his spirit and charm.

Carroll just celebrated his 98th birthday; his age always comes as a shock to patients he's wheeling around.

"How old is he? He's 98. And he's pushing me," says Lewis Specland.

Two days a week, four hours a day, you can find Charles at the hospital. He says 21 years in the Army kept him in shape. He wows the staff on a daily basis, and has built up quite a reputation. 

"It's inspiring to see him at his age doing what he does," says Naomi Rogan, a nurse at Delray Medical Center.

"Absolutely amazing person, energetic and willing to help out, we appreciate it very much," says Jeanette Conolly, a volunteer.

Charles decided to volunteer at the hospital because when he had a heart attack in 2003, he said he received wonderful care, and wanted to give back.

"I said if I have the opportunity I'm gonna try to repay them and that's what I'm doing now," says Carroll.

Charles says he'll volunteer as long as the hospital lets him; he doesn't plan on slowing down.

"It'll be a sad day when I stop volunteering," he says.

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