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Bravery commendation for Va. park ranger

SCOTTSBURG, Va. — A Virginia park ranger has been honored for his bravery when he safely evacuated campsites during an April tornado.

State Sen. Bill Stanley presented Staunton River State Park manager Josh Ellington with a copy of a Senate joint resolution Wednesday commending Ellington for his actions.

Ellington received warning on April 16 that a tornado was about 20 minutes from the park. He immediately searched the park’s campground and cabin areas and moved visitors to shelter. Ellington then went out to check for additional visitors but got caught in the storm, waiting it out on the floor of his truck as trees fell around him.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Director David Johnson calls Ellington’s actions “well beyond the call of duty.”


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