The St. Joseph County Airport Authority unveiled a commemorative plaque to pay tribute to a man who has been a fixture at the South Bend Airport for more than three decades.
Airport employee John Schalliol got quite the surprise on Monday during an event in his honor. The local airport authority debuted the bronze plaque in the same atrium that hosted Schalliol's goodbye party last year.
Schalliol said he had no idea what the event was for when he was invited.
"This is something they didn't have to do and chose to do it," Shalliol said, "I always told people that working at the airport and running the airport was like having my own sandbox."
The plaque will be displayed alongside other pieces of airport history.
Schalliol served as executive director of the South Bend airport from 1981 until 2012.