Too often we don't hear the small stories of national park rangers interacting with visitors to help them get the most out of their vacations.
The other day Jan Boice contacted us to pass on the following story from her recent visit with grandchildren to Grand Teton National Park. She related a simple encounter between a young ranger in the park and three youngsters that not only made for a great fishing experience, but just might have influenced her granddaughter to a career with the National Park Service.
Here's Jan's story:
I would like to comment on the young man who is currently a ranger in the Signal Mountain area. We have taken our grandchildren fishing below the Jackson Lake dam several times in the last week. This young ranger comes by to check for fishing licenses several times a day. He is always extremely personable and helpful. He loves his job--that is very apparent.
As I was sitting in our vehicle to warm up a little I watched a man and his three little sons arrive with their bag of newly purchased Zebco fishing gear. It was obvious that this was a first-time fishing experience for all of them. The young ranger walked over to them and proceeded to help the father put all the fishing poles together.
With that done, he took each boy and showed him how to put a worm on the hook and cast the line. Before long one of the boys caught a fish! The ranger took the fish off the hook, let the youngster touch it, and then "threw" it back.
It was heartwarming to watch. What a great ambassador this young ranger is for the NPS!
My 15-year-old granddaughter, somewhat smitten with the handsome young ranger, decided she might want to be a ranger someday. It is so nice to see someone who goes the extra mile and he should be commended.
Sorry I didn't get his name. I hope you can hunt him down and give him the recognition he deserves!
If anyone recognizes this ranger, please let him know his actions didn't go unnoticed.