Remember Batkid? Get ready to meet Rangerboy.
Gabriel Lawan Ying from Gainesville, Florida recently earned the title of Honorary National Park Ranger after a full day of work in Yosemite National Park. Eight-year-old Gabriel has a life-threatening illness, but his one big wish is to become a Yosemite National Park Ranger. So with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Yosemite National Park, Gabriel's wish was granted.
Over the weekend, Gabriel was put to work performing a variety of duties often performed by national park rangers. Here's what Gabriel's ranger day looked like: He 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.
Approximately 300 people, including Yosemite community members and several dozen of Yosemite's Park Rangers, attended a ceremony in which Gabriel was granted the title of Honorary Park Ranger. He was awarded a badge and NPS credentials. United States Magistrate Judge Michael Seng and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher presided over the ceremony. Gabriel was also given a wooden park ranger plaque and a flag that was flown over Yosemite Valley that day.
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