Eddie Wells Named Best Ranger in NPS Southeast Region
Eddie Wells, Mammoth Cave NP ranger, has been recognized as a 2006 Harry Yount Award winner, naming him the best ranger in the Southeast Region of the National Park Service.
"Being a ranger in the National Park Service requires an individual to have effective leadership skills, adaptability to change, and a strong work ethic," said Superintendent Patrick Reed. "Eddie exemplifies every aspect of an outstanding ranger." Wells’ citation lists accomplishments, knowledge, and skills that are imbedded in his typical workday.
"…He has the uncommon ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people and put them at ease, even during situations that have the potential to become confrontational. Eddie uses this ability on a daily basis to educate and inform park visitors and employees on issues ranging from emergency medical care procedures, park regulations and law, and even the history associated with Mammoth Cave during the War of 1812."
"From felony law enforcement investigations, to emergency medical incidents, to instructing the visitor about the special purpose the National Park system serves, Eddie Wells has proven time and time again that he embraces the ranger ideal," added Reed. "Eddie conducts himself and approaches his job in the true tradition of a National Park ranger."
Named after Harry Yount, the first Park Ranger, the award is the hallmark of recognition as a NPS Ranger. The peer-nominated award not only seeks to recognize and honor outstanding rangers, but to encourage high standards of performance; foster an especially responsive attitude toward public service; enhance the public’s appreciation of the Park Ranger profession; and further the art and science of ‘rangering.’
Wells was one of seven regional award recipients. The Southeast Region of the NPS is made up of 60 parks located in nine states, Puerto Rico and the