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“Here's one for park Rangers: Why did you choose to be a park ranger ? Who inspired you? (Suggested by WebRanger Christina2)”
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Park ranger Wayne replied: Growing up in Philly my grandfather would take us to Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and Hopewell Furnace every summer and of course the obligatory school trips to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell! I was standing in Devils Den about 9 years old, listening to a Ranger talk about the sharpshooters that would be hidden among the rocks and I knew I wanted to wear the Smokey the Bear hat and do those same things. I took the scenic route through the Army to get here with two seasonal stops at FOPU and VAFO, but now I am back home in Philly, giving those same talks at Inde Hall and the Bell to those same obligatory school trips. I also make sure that no matter where I go in the country, I check out what the closest NPS site is and make it a point to get there. My boys have about 50 Junior Ranger badges, and my 5 year old talks about how when he grows up, he wants to go back to Fort 'laski' and fire the boom cannons like Daddy did!
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Here's what park ranger Resis says: I was inspired at an early age watching TV shows like Emergency Squad 51 which had a few episodes set at Yosemite, then came the TV series High Sierra, along with other shows. It made quite an impression for a young lad at Age 8. Another factor was our fam did a lot of camping and visited GRSM, MACA, ABLI. Plus, being later immersed in my family's mixed Native American and German heritage had me hooked into pursuing this dream of a profession. Of the four races of humankind, the Native ppls responsibility was caring for Grandmother Earth and all who dwelled upon her, plus one of my German ancestors was one of the first Jaegermeisters appointed directly by Kaiser Wilhelm I, and my late father was a game warden when he was serving in the US Army. So in a sense, park rangering was already in my blood and part of my own heritage as an Onkweohnwe-true human being.