When someone volunteers with a community organization for 60 years, recognition is due. Anytime there is a volunteer fireman who serves 60 years, it is very special.

Don Hahne is that person. He was recognized at a meeting of the Washington City Council the past week. During those 60 years with the Washington Volunteer Fire Company, he served as fire chief for 13 years. He also served the fire department as a captain, company secretary and assistant chief. He now performs safety roles. He also has been active in the FireFighters Association of Missouri organization, serving once as president.

What makes volunteer firemen even more special than most volunteers is that they serve the community in a role that can be very hazardous.

Few volunteers in the community have given continuous service for 60 years to the same organization. It’s a remarkable achievement. Hahne has served with distinction and his leadership in the department has been inspiring to other members of the fire company.

To maintain the level of commitment Hahne has had for all these years tells the story of a man who believes strongly in public service — giving back to his community, and in his case, providing protection to its citizens.

The fire company, and members of the community, the city, all have enjoyed the benefits of his leadership and are thankful for his service.