Sunday, August 5, 2012

Photo of the day: The weight of the world

Line of duty by The Bacher Family
Line of duty, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
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.

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Here's one of Superintendent Randy King chatting with reporters before the press conference.

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