For a park ranger, especially a supervisor, there's nothing harder than dealing with the loss of an employee in the line of duty. This was our second in six months: Ranger Nick Hall, who fell on the Emmons Glacier while helping with a rescue on the mountain. This day, the 27th of June, we had the difficult duty of organizing a press conference with Nick's father and brother. You can see how much the event weighed on our park superintendent and chief ranger by the care-worn look in their eyes and the stoop of their shoulders as they stand at attention near the outdoor podium.
Here's one of Superintendent Randy King chatting with reporters before the press conference.