Rangers Bill Jefferson and Stumpy Jenkins Honored
Ranger Stumpy Jenkins was awarded the Lifetime Service Award from the Forest Service. Presenting the award were regional commander Colonel Joshua Anders and Knotty Pine's Chief Ranger Bill Jefferson. Stumpy has faithfully served the forest service here in Knotty Pine for over 40 years from his graduation from the Ranger Academy to the present. Stumpy has served under four chief rangers in that time, including the late Chief Ranger Jackson who died while fighting a forest fire.
After the award presentation to Ranger Stumpy, Mayor Ingalls surprised Ranger Bill with his own award, 2011 Knotty Pine Man of the Year. The mayor noted that this was the first time in Bill's career that he was truly speechless. Many of Big Pine's rangers were in attendance, including Bill's ward Henry Scott and close friend and fellow ranger Gray Wolf.