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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 27 — In a surprise ceremony today at BLET National Division headquarters, National President Eddie Hall recognized retired members John P. Tolman and Thomas A. Pontolillo Sr. for their contributions to the BLET and its members throughout their careers. Both men were presented with 40-year membership pins and certificates.

Brother Tolman, former BLET Vice President and National Legislative Representative, retired in late 2020. In addition to the pin and certificate, President Hall presented him with an engraved brass bell.

Brother Pontolillo, former Director of Research and Assistant to the National President, retired in late 2021. President Hall presented him with an antique doorknob from the BLET archives. The doorknob dates to 1910 and was used at the union’s former headquarters building, the Engineers Building, which was demolished in 1989.

“Congratulations to these Brothers on their retirement,” President Hall said. “Thank you for your decades of service to the Brotherhood and its members.”