Yosemite National Park native Anthony (Tony) Brochini was awarded the 2010 Barry Hance Memorial Award for his work in the park.
Brochini, facilities management liaison in Yosemite, was given the award last week at a ceremony attended by about 300 people.
Born and raised in Yosemite, Brochini has worked for the National Park Service since 1972. He has worked in several positions, starting as a seasonal employee at the wastewater treatment plant in El Portal.
The award, which is given each year to park employee who shows a positive attitude, a concern for fellow employees and a love for the park, is named after Barry Hance, a longtime Yosemite employee who died in an avalanche while plowing the Tioga Road in 1995. Brochini said he worked with Hance on a project in the spring of 1995, just before the accident.
"Receiving this award is truly a surprise," Brochini was quoted as saying in a press release. " I knew Barry well, and he was a very good friend of mine. ... It was such an honor to work side by side with Barry."