WEIRTON - A lifetime of service to West Virginia and its people was honored in Weirton Monday as people from up and down the Ohio Valley gathered to pay tribute to retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

A crowd of steelworkers, mine workers, public officials and others filled the ballroom of the Serbian-American Cultural Center to thank Rockefeller, D-W.Va., for his decades of service to the Mountain State, which he's called home for the past half-century, and its people, who have elected him to five consecutive terms in the Senate. The 76-year-old Rockefeller announced last year he would not seek a sixth term.

As part of the afternoon's honors, Rockefeller received the United Steelworkers' Lifetime Achievement Award and the "Man of Steel" award from the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute.

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