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Gabriel's Wish to be a Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park

Gabe gets his badge

We've only named four or five rangers 'Honorary Park Rangers.' The ceremony was emotional for us all.

  • Gabe , 8

    • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
    • To be a Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park
  • I wish to be

Gabriel achieved the title of Honorary National Park Ranger after a full day of work in Yosemite National Park on June 3rd.  Gabriel, eight years old, from Gainesville, Florida, sought to be a Yosemite National Park Ranger. Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida and Yosemite National Park staff put Gabriel to work throughout the day performing a variety of duties of a Park Ranger.  Gabriel worked with the Yosemite Fire Crew to put out a wild land fire, went on a naturalist walk through Cook's Meadow with a Park Ranger, worked on a search and rescue operation involving an injured hiker and assisted the Yosemite medical team in transporting the patient to a waiting helicopter.  After Gabriel's full day of work, he was made an Honorary Park Ranger.  Approximately 300 people, including Yosemite community members and several dozen of Yosemite's Park Rangers, attended a ceremony in which Gabriel received his Honorary Park Ranger badge and credentials.  United States Magistrate Judge Michael Seng and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher presided over the ceremony in which Gabriel also received a wooden park ranger plaque and a flag that was flown over Yosemite Valley.  Park Ranger Scott Gediman said “We’ve only named four or five rangers ‘Honorary Park Rangers’. We don’t take it lightly. The ceremony was emotional for us all. Gabriel loved every second and it just could not have been better.”

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