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Best Father Orange County 2008 - Mark Dornan

You can say a lot about Mark Dornan: son of a legendary Orange County Republican politician, close relative to a Wizard of Oz actor, onetime candidate for Congress, respected high-school teacher, perennial pain in Dana Rohrabacher's rear. Now add to the list: great dad. At the 2007 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, Dornan discovered a man surreptitiously taking pictures of his 5-year-old daughter as she climbed out of a toy wagon. He confronted the 53-year-old man, who tried to erase the images from his camera as he ran away. Dornan caught the guy, knocked him to the ground, wrestled away the camera and the man's Colt .45 handgun, and held him down until police arrived. The cameraman turned out to be an off-duty veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer. Some folks quickly speculated that Dornan—never known for indecision or loss for words—had overreacted. But the evidence Dornan recovered led to numerous child-pornography and child-annoyance charges, as well as an upcoming trial. "I wasn't going to stand there and do nothing," Dornan told the Weekly. "Not me. That's my daughter!" Excellent.

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Stephen T. McCarthy
Stephen T. McCarthy

TORCH, you da man, man! And you always were!

You don't pull on Superman's cape;You don't spit into the wind;You don't pull the mask off the ol' Lone Ranger;And you don't mess around with the kids of the leader of 'The League Of Soul Crusaders'!

I miss ya, Brother.

~ D-FensDogg'Loyal American Underground'

William
William

I applaud this dad...we need all husbands and fathers to be willing to stand up and protect their wives and children from perverts like this...I would have done PRECISELY what this father did to safeguard my kids...thank you sir for your example!

Terrill
Terrill

Way to go Mark...sounds just like the Mark I knew.xyrh

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