You might think the life of a Park Ranger is boring, but it can anything but, especially when you consider they have to contend with the public and the weather, both of which can turn from unpredictable to hazardous in a heartbeat.
Chris Quatrale is a Park Ranger and he's being honored as a hero for saving the life of a young man and his dog who both fell into a partially frozen lake on a cold day this past December.
Quatrale was on his way to work when he came upon the young man's companions who alerted him to the emergency. With little time to lose Quatrale threw the man a float and a rope and pulled him and his dog out of the frigid water. The man was later taken to a hospital and treated for hypothermia, but thanks to Quatrale, he lived.
Park Rangers face many dangers in addition to being the stewards of nature and wildlife in our national parks. Thank a Park Ranger the next time you meet one and, do them a favor and "check the weather conditions before heading into the wild."
Do you know someone whose job it is to protect and serve? Nominate them for next week's AmericanTown's Hero.