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McDonald's Worker With Down Syndrome Retiring After 32 Years

NEEDHAM (CBS) – A woman with Down syndrome who has worked at the same McDonald's for over three decades is retiring.

Freia David has spent 32 years working at the french fry station at the McDonald's on Chestnut Street in Needham.

UPDATE: McDonald's Throws Retirement Party For Longtime Worker With Down Syndrome

She lives in a Charles River Center-supported home in Needham. The center is a Needham nonprofit that provides employment, job training and housing for nearly 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

McDonald's was one of the center's first local business partners.

The center shared a photo of David at her job in the 1980s.

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David in the 1980s (Image credit Charles River Center)

And another picture from last year with childhood friend Christopher Sheehan, who would visit David at McDonald's every week.

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David and Christopher Sheehan (Image credit Charles River Center)


A retirement party for David will be held Monday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the McDonald's.

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