Mark Dorsey was with his future wife at a coin laundry in McDonald more than four decades ago when he spotted a notice the borough police department was hiring officers.

McDonald police Chief Mark Dorsey is surprised by friends, family and colleagues as he walks into a surprise party for his retirement after 41 years of service.

“I thought, ‘That sounds interesting’ and that I might like to do that,” said Dorsey, who initially had gone to school to study music. “Little did I know that is what I would be doing for the rest of my working life.”

Dorsey, a graduate of Washington High School, was hired as a part-time officer in July 1977. Once hired, he was sent to the Allegheny County Police Academy for training. While current officers are trained when hired, Dorsey said back when he got the job it was up to the municipality to send the new officer for training.

He eventually became a full-time officer and was promoted to sergeant in the mid-1980s before being named… Read the full story here: