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Jim Detterline Awarded Special Recognition For 25 Years Of Service

Jim Detterline - “Ranger Extraordinaire” awarded.

Jim Detterline – “Ranger Extraordinaire” awarded.

At the 4th of July concert by the Village Band in Performance Park, band member and trumpeter Jim Detterline, who has been a ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park for the last 25 years, and who will be leaving the park at the end of the summer was given special recognition.

Jim has been involved in over 1000 rescues in the park, received the Medal of Valor for his rescue work and is well known in the community as an outstanding mountaineer and rescuer.  Jim was the long time chief climbing ranger on Longs Peak, knew the mountain intimately and summited the mountain more than 300 times.

He was one of the most competent, knowledgeable and articulate rangers in the park. With a Ph.D in invertebrate zoology he possesses a wealth of knowledge and an ability to share it.

Park volunteers who worked for or with Jim from both Wild Basin and Longs Peak rangers stations gave this award in the form of a plaque to Jim.

The plaque reads:

Jim Detterline-Ranger Extraodinaire

This award in given on behalf of your many friends and admirers in Rocky Mountain National Park and the community which you have served so faithfully and well. It is presented in deep appreciation for your 25 years of dedicated and outstanding commitment to the protection of life and the preservation of our cherished public lands.

“If Jim Detterline is on your SAR, (search and rescue) you’re as good as home.”

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