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Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that Anthony (Tony) Brochini is the recipient of the 2010 Barry Hance Memorial Award. Brochini, the Facilities Management Laison in Yosemite, received the award at an employee meeting today in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was attended by approximately 300 people, including several past Barry Hance Award recipients.
"I am extremely proud to present the Barry Hance Memorial Award to Tony Brochini. This award illustrates someone who loves Yosemite National Park, always has a smile on their face, is always willing to help others out, and really makes a difference in the lives of other people. Tony exemplifies all of these qualities," said Neubacher.
Brochini, born and raised in Yosemite National Park, has worked for the National Park Service in Yosemite since 1972. Throughout his career, he has worked in several positions in the park. He started his career as a seasonal employee working at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in El Portal. Over the years, he moved to different positions in the Facilities Management Division.
"Receiving this award is truly a surprise. I knew Barry well, and he was a very good friend of mine. I worked with him on the Dog Rock Project (Bear Guardian) in the spring of 1995, just before Barry's accident. It was such an honor to work side by side with Barry," said Brochini after receiving the award.
The award is named in honor of Barry Hance, a long-term Facilities Management employee who died in an avalanche while plowing the Tioga Road in 1995. This award is given annually to employees who exemplify the qualities and attributes of Barry Hance. These include a positive attitude, a concern for fellow employees, getting the job done, and a love for Yosemite National Park.