Smoky Mountains volunteers receive regional, national awards


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Volunteers from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been honored for outstanding service.

The park says the Cades Cove Bike Patrol team and Robert E. Lochbaum were selected for exemplary service from over 240,000 National Park Service volunteers nationwide.

Park Superintendent Cassius Cash says the Bike Patrol has prevented accidents and encouraged bicyclists. Cash says Lochbaum’s worker has allowed the park to give better information to visitors about trail locations, distances and terrain.

The Bike Patrol team was awarded the Southeast Regional Group Volunteer Service Award and the national George and Helen Hartzog Outstanding Group Volunteer Service award, which will be presented next month in Washington.

Lochbaum received the Southeast Regional Enduring Service Award. In 23 years, he has logged nearly 16,000 hours of volunteer service in the park.

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