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Volunteer of the Year Award

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Date: April 4, 2012
Contact: Nina Kelson, 850-934-2604

Deputy Regional Director Shawn Benge presents Jack Madison with
the 2011  Southeast Regional Volunteer- In- Parks Award

Jack Madison Recognized as the Southeast Regional

National Park Service Volunteer of the Year


Biloxi, Mississippi native, Jack Madison, was recognized on March 28th as the recipient for 2011 Southeast Region National Park Service Volunteer-In-Parks Award for his 25 years of outstanding service. Mr. Madison, a former Bell Telephone supervisor, began volunteering in 1986 in the Mississippi District of Gulf Islands National Seashore.He continues to board the Ship Island Ferry out of Gulfport to greet visitors and give tours of historic Fort Massachusetts located on West Ship Island.During his volunteer service he was recruited as a National Park Ranger for several summer seasons but decided he enjoyed more time off during the hot weather. Jack is married to Marilee Madison, a former Biloxi High School history teacher.She was employed by Eastern National to oversee the park's bookstore but later volunteered at Gulf Islands as well.Both Jack and Marilee enjoy traveling to National Parks, attending Elder Hostel programs, and visiting with their three daughters and grandchildren.


Did You Know?

15-inch Rodman cannon has a black barrel and maroon colored carriage.  It is located on Fort Massachusetts at Gulf Islands N S.

Two 19th-century 15-inch Rodman cannons are at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The bottle-shaped barrels were cooled from the inside out at the foundry to make them stronger than earlier cannon.