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Mon Valley area first responders honored for commitment to community service

Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - State Sen. James R. Brewster, center, welcomes honored guests Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency director Glenn Cannon and Allegheny County EMS Division Chief Knox Walk to Sunday's event.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>State Sen. James R. Brewster, center, welcomes honored guests Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency director Glenn Cannon and Allegheny County EMS Division Chief Knox Walk to Sunday's event.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey and McKeesport Firefigher Bruce Drye Jr. present the Battle of the Barrel championship trophy to Glassport firefighters, standing from left, Anthony Lewis, Dylan Clark and Jonathan Dinning; kneeling, Bruce T. Snyir and Wayne Lewis III.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey and McKeesport Firefigher Bruce Drye Jr. present the Battle of the Barrel championship trophy to Glassport firefighters, standing from left, Anthony Lewis, Dylan Clark and Jonathan Dinning; kneeling, Bruce T. Snyir and Wayne Lewis III.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Arnold No. 1 firefigher Necla Ragins aims a steady stream of water as she is coached by the department's safety officer Leroy Whitlinger.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Arnold No. 1 firefigher Necla Ragins aims a steady stream of water as she is coached by the department's safety officer Leroy Whitlinger.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Elizabeth fire Chief Chad Rager takes aim with a hose held by firefighter Kevin Tennant and Sgt. Lee Fetterman during the Battle of the Barrel portion of Sunday's picnic.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Elizabeth fire Chief Chad Rager takes aim with a hose held by firefighter Kevin Tennant and Sgt. Lee Fetterman during the Battle of the Barrel portion of Sunday's picnic.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Enjoying conversation, from left, are Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. guests Dan Stepansky, Kathy Worrall, and Rick Worrall, Aaron Powell of Versailles Volunteer Fire Department and Jason Light of Rainbow.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Enjoying conversation, from left, are Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. guests Dan Stepansky, Kathy Worrall,  and Rick Worrall, Aaron Powell of Versailles Volunteer Fire Department and Jason Light of Rainbow.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Port Vue police Chief Bryan Myers and Pitcairn police officer Michael Morency talk with other guests at Sunday's picnic.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Port Vue police Chief Bryan Myers and Pitcairn police officer Michael Morency talk with other guests at Sunday's picnic.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Nora Keleschenyi of North Versailles Township has her face painted by Dana Bush of Facepainting by Dana as Kaitlyn Powell and Krystal Smith of Versailles wait their turn.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Nora Keleschenyi of North Versailles Township has her face painted by Dana Bush of Facepainting by Dana as Kaitlyn Powell and Krystal Smith of Versailles wait their turn.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Representing Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, from left, are David Bowden, John Palcsey and Jean Palcsey.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Representing Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, from left, are David Bowden, John Palcsey and Jean Palcsey.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Making their way through the buffet line under the Blue Top Pavilion, from left, are Jimmy Young II of McKeepsort, Jennifer Young of McKeesport, the senator's wife Linda Brewster, Jeff Long from Glassport Citizens Hose. Co. No. 1 and Steve Poorman from Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Making their way through the buffet line under the Blue Top Pavilion, from left, are Jimmy Young II of McKeepsort, Jennifer Young of McKeesport, the senator's wife Linda Brewster, Jeff Long from Glassport Citizens Hose. Co. No. 1 and Steve Poorman from Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - Molly and Chris McBride of Elizabeth hold their twin daughters Rhyan and Riley.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>Molly and Chris McBride of Elizabeth hold their twin daughters Rhyan and Riley.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News - McKeesport Fire Department Capt. Jeff List checks in with his wife Bobbie and their daughters Danielle, 13, and Courntey, 15, during Sunday's picnic.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News</em></div>McKeesport Fire Department Capt. Jeff List checks in with his wife Bobbie and their daughters Danielle, 13, and Courntey, 15, during Sunday's picnic.

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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Monday, July 14, 2014, 1:21 a.m.
 

State Sen. James R. Brewster, D-McKeesport, welcomed first responders from across the 45th Senatorial District to McKeesport on Sunday to celebrate their commitment to community service.

The second annual First Responders Picnic invited police, firefighters, EMS and their families to enjoy a day of food and fun in Renziehausen Park.

“This is becoming an annual event,” Brewster said. “It's an opportunity to recognize, reward and honor our first responders and their families.”

Glenn Cannon, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, commended Brewster for hosting the event and told those in attendance that residents in their own communities and across the state value their work.

“This recognition of what you do is very important,” Cannon said.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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