RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Seven state park rangers who serve at locations across the state were sworn in as law enforcement officers on Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser presided over the ceremony in Raleigh, which was keynoted by John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“These men and women are true multi-specialists who are frequently asked to assume many roles during a day at work from finding a lost hiker to giving an interpretive program to dealing with violations of state law," Skvarla said in a statement.
The rangers and their assignments are:
-- Joshua Aaron Banks at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
--Andrew James Boos at Falls Lake State Recreation Area
-- Mary Catherine Griffin at Hanging Rock State Park
-- Autumn Marie Kahl at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
-- Aaron Allan Ledford at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
-- Joshua Lee McIntyre at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
-- James Thomas Rusher Jr. at Falls Lake State Recreation Area
State park rangers are also trained in medical first response, search-and-rescue, wildfire suppression, natural resource management, interpretive skills and environmental education.