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Organ Pipe ranger served at inauguration

Ajo Copper News of Ajo, Arizona

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An Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument ranger and certified paramedic made the trip to Washington, DC, last week for the presidential inauguration. The ranger was there for more than simply to witness the historic event, he helped staff a first aid tent northeast of the Washington Monument.

"We're all proud of him being there, but the National Park Service chose not to release his name for security reasons," said Andy Fisher, chief of interpretation at Organ Pipe.

A total of fifty-six tents and warming stations were set up for the inauguration, according to an article in the Washington Post, which highlighted the Organ Pipe ranger's participation. Sixteen of the tents were staffed by several dozen National Park Service rangers from around the country.

Because the day of the inauguration was bitterly cold at times, first aid staff began seeing patients from the moment they began their shift, at 5:30 a.m. Most of the people seen at the aid tents and warming stations complained of cold-related ailments. The general advice given was to return home and watch the inauguration on television.

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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2009

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