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Mechanic awarded Yosemite’s highest honor

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Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds, right, and Roads and Trails Supervisor Gene Smith, left, honor Tom Standen, center, as the Yosemite National Park 2018 Barry Hance Memorial Award Recipient.
Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds, right, and Roads and Trails Supervisor Gene Smith, left, honor Tom Standen, center, as the Yosemite National Park 2018 Barry Hance Memorial Award Recipient. National Park Service

Yosemite National Park awarded Thomas Karl Standen III with its annual Barry Hance Memorial Award, the park’s highest honor, according to a park news release.

Standen is a maintenance mechanic who goes above and beyond his duties, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. He has helped with many park improvement projects and designed a special mechanic claw to install hundreds of bear boxes in the park.

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