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Photo gallery: Monongahela Fire Co. honors John Dornan

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Kayden Schottenheimer, 18-months-old, gives her cousin Peighton Schottenheimer, 19-months-old, a kiss during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Kayden was with her parents, Bill and Kristyn Schottenheimer, of Pleasant Hills, and Peighton was with her parents, Adam and Sue Schottenheimer, of New Eagle.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Kayden Schottenheimer, 18-months-old, gives her cousin Peighton Schottenheimer, 19-months-old, a kiss during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.  Kayden was with her parents, Bill and Kristyn Schottenheimer, of Pleasant Hills, and Peighton was with her parents, Adam and Sue Schottenheimer, of New Eagle.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - John Dornan of Monongahela, seated, was honored for 50 years of active service with the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department by city Councilman Bill Hess, left, and Mayor Bob Kepics during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>John Dornan of Monongahela, seated, was honored for 50 years of active service with the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department by city Councilman Bill Hess, left, and Mayor Bob Kepics during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics, left, and Councilman Bill Hess share a laugh during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics, left, and Councilman Bill Hess share a laugh during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Peyton Wareham, 8, passes the time playing games on a cell phone as he waits for Santa's arrival during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He was with his parents, Alan and Jillian Wareham, of Monongahela.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Peyton Wareham, 8, passes the time playing games on a cell phone as he waits for Santa's arrival during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He was with his parents, Alan and Jillian Wareham, of Monongahela.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Roman, 5, and his father, Brian Wier, of Monongahela, look over his letter to Santa during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec.14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Roman, 5, and his father, Brian Wier, of Monongahela, look over his letter to Santa during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec.14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Jill Barney of Bentleyville gives her fiance, Rob Dattis, of Monongahela, a kiss during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Jill Barney of Bentleyville gives her fiance, Rob Dattis, of Monongahela, a kiss during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - State Sen. Timothy Solobay, D-Canonsburg, presents John Dornan of Monongahela a proclamation in honor of his 50 years of active service with the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department during department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>State Sen. Timothy Solobay, D-Canonsburg, presents John Dornan of Monongahela a proclamation in honor of his 50 years of active service with the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department during department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Bill and Rosie Hearn of Monongahela attended the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Bill and Rosie Hearn of Monongahela attended the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Mason Gillingham, 3, whispers his wish list to Santa during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He was with his mother, Cori Gillingham, of Monongahela.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Mason Gillingham, 3, whispers his wish list to Santa during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He was with his mother, Cori Gillingham, of Monongahela.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Shown posing with Santa, from left, are Rylee Miller of Monongahela, Cody Muntan of Donora, and Caylee Miller of Monongahela, during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Shown posing with Santa, from left, are Rylee Miller of Monongahela, Cody Muntan of Donora, and Caylee Miller of Monongahela, during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Chad Bartkus of Monongahela holds his daughter Olivia, 2, as she starts to cry after seeing Santa during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Chad Bartkus of Monongahela holds his daughter Olivia, 2, as she starts to cry after seeing Santa during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks Club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - John and Betty Dornan of Monongahela look over a letter from Gov. Tom Corbett honoring John for his 50-years of service with the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department. The department honored him during the annual Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>John and Betty Dornan of Monongahela look over a letter from  Gov. Tom Corbett honoring John for his 50-years of service with the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department. The department honored him during the annual Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Chris Bartkus of Monongahela reads a letter from the Gov. Tom Corbett honoring John Dornan of Monongahela for his 50 years of active service with the city fire department during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Chris Bartkus of Monongahela reads a letter from the Gov. Tom Corbett honoring John Dornan of Monongahela for his 50 years of active service with the city fire department during the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas party at the Monongahela Elks club on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.

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Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The Monongahela Fire Co. hosted its annual Christmas party Saturday and used the occasion to honor a dedicated firefighter.

Held at the Monongahela Elks lodge, the department honored John Dornan for his 50-years of active service.

Dornan, 79, has been a city firefighter since he was voted into the company on May 6, 1963. He was sworn in as a member on June 4, 1963.

He has held many positions over the years, including a trustee for over 20 years, vice president for over 14 years, and engineer for over 48 years, a position he still holds today.

Dornan still responds faithfully to every call.

The party also featured a visit from Santa.

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