Ranger Up!: True Stories of National Park Service Protection Rangers

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Author House, Feb 2, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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'Ranger UP' gives the reader a behind the scene glimpse into the real life adventures of our multi-talented National Park Rangers that work in our parks across the U.S. This collection of true short stories includes high adventure incidents from all of the major disciplines of Protection Rangers which include Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Emergency Management, while also providing the reader with advice on how to stay safe when visiting our National Parks. These stories will play on all of your emotions, they will "amaze you, entertain you, make you mad, and make you cry".

Protection Rangers are known as the "Danger Rangers" of the National Park Service, the wide variety diciplines they are responsible for make the job extremely challenging, but also provide for plenty of exciting adventures. One minute you may be on a life threating law enforcement incident, the next hanging off of a cliff saving a life.
 

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Awesome book!

User Review  - Sarge GSMA - Borders

This book gives a great insight of the life of a National Park Service Protection Ranger. You'll be amazed at the adventures and dangers a normal day can hold for a Ranger. "Ranger Up!" will give you a great appreciation for what our Park Rangers do on a daily basis. It's a great read. Read full review

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Worth Reading if You Spend Time in Any American Park!
Rick has written a great book that shows the many hats a NPS Ranger must wear. From mechanic,to EMT to law enforcement officer these are just a
few of the duties of a NPS Ranger. Please take the time to read about his experiences and his life of dedication to the park program and I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the real life story of a Ranger and how he Rangered Up. I have enjoyed many of the parks that Rick has worked in and never give it any thought of the wide range of duties Rangers are required to work and hope you enjoy this great book. Jim Franklin  

Contents

SETTING THE STAGE MEMORABLE MEMORIAL
9
THE BUFFALO STAMPEDES
23
FROSTBITE A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE
37
SURFS UP A SWIFTWATER RESCUE
55
THE PIT AND THE MOUNTAIN CUR
69
HEMMEDINHOLLOW REVISITED HISTORY
87
RELIC HUNTING VIOLATOR HAS THE BLUES
125
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Rick Brown served for 30 years in the National Park Service as a Protection Ranger, retiring in 2007. During his career he worked in four different National Park areas in permanent assignments, and in numerous other National Parks and National Forest on temporary emergency details. Over the course of his career he served as a field ranger, supervisory park ranger, served as the Asst. Chief Ranger at New River Gorge National River, served in several acting assignments at New River NR and Great Smoky Mountains NP as Chief Park Ranger, and ended his career as the Asst. Chief Ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He received numerous awards during his career for exceptional performance, Special Achievement Awards, Exemplary Act Awards for Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement missions. He also received the U.S Dept. of Interior Valor Award (the highest award for valor in the DOI), and was selected as the recipient of the National Harry Yount - Ranger of the Year Award for 2004 (the highest award for National Park Protection Rangers in the National Park Service).

He currently is a part time instructor in the NPS approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Academy at Southwestern Community College in Franklin, NC, a Swiftwater and Technical Rope Rescue Instructor, and is working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Disaster Response Team as an emergency response specialist.

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