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8-Year-Old Becomes Yosemite National Park Ranger

Gabriel LaVon Ying achieved the title of Honorary National Park Ranger after a full day of work in Yosemite National Park.
        Gabriel LaVon Ying achieved the title of Honorary National Park Ranger after a full day of work in Yosemite National Park Tuesday.
        The eight year old, from Gainesville, Florida, sought to be a Yosemite National Park Ranger.
        Working with Make-A-Wish Foundation, 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 wildland 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 Monday.
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