- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A monument honoring the first National Park Service ranger killed in the line of duty will be dedicated later this month.

Hot Springs National Park plans to unveil the monument to James A. Cary at a May 30 ceremony. The unveiling follows the annual Memorial Day service at the Garland County Veterans Memorial and Military Park.

Cary was born in Missouri in 1895 and served in World War I. In 1923, Cary received his appointment to Hot Springs National Park as a law enforcement ranger, where he served until his death.

Cary was killed by bootleggers in 1927 while on patrol. No one was ever convicted of his murder.

The memorial consists of a bronze plaque along with the iconic park ranger campaign hat mounted on a Novaculite boulder.


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