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WAUSAU (WAOW)-- When Tom Hollander joined the Granite Peak Ski Patrol, he signed on for life.
After 35 years of commitment to the patrol, his family and friends say now more than ever, they want Tom to know just how much he meant to the team.
Tom, affectionately referred to as "Ol' Dawg" by his colleagues, is receiving recognition on a national level.
He was presented with both a 35 year service award, and the Ski Patrol National Service Award.
The ceremony would have normally taken place in the spring; instead it happened Wednesday evening in the Wausau Hospital Oncology Unit.
After deciding to end chemotherapy treatment following a courageous battle with cancer, family members decided they wanted assurance Tom would have a chance to enjoy the moment.
There are only 1,163 recipients of the national honor.
Marcia Locher, North Central Awards Advisor for the National Ski Patrol, says the award couldn't have come to a more deserving person.
"Granite Peak is about a 100-member ski patrol, and we probably have at least half of our patrol here. That's the impact he's had... Tom Hollander's had," Locher said.
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