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Mark Kralovic will be missed

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Updated: 10:00 PM

Dear Editor,

The Long Green Line came to Wells Thursday, April 24, to honor retired Ranger Mark Kralovic. The turnout of NYS forest rangers was a heartwarming, tearful tribute for Mark, who passed away suddenly Friday, April 18.

I met Mark for the first time the night of Nov. 20, 1993. One our hunting companions, Bob Greene, had taken an afternoon walk and had not returned by nightfall. Bob was in his 70s and not in the best of health, so we were concerned.

Thankfully Mark came to our aid. He was a true professional as he went about interviewing each of us to get a clear picture about Bob's disappearance. He even checked to be sure Bob was not in his bunk. Late that night Mark, along with fellow Ranger John Seifts of Lake Pleasant and one of our camp members, went into the cold, dark woods. At about 1 a.m. they emerged with Bob safe and sound.

On more than one occasion he walked into the County Line Valley at night to bring out a hunter whose family called due to an emergency. He stopped by our camp one night before one of those late night treks. We tried to talk him into waiting until daylight, but he went anyway at about 10 p.m., and came out after daylight with a fellow who was better than four miles back in at a wilderness campsite.

He helped search for lost people and jail escapees and fought forest fires.

I used to think of the ranger's job as a glamorous outdoor experience until I met Mark. Now I know better. Mark's job was fraught with difficulties from all sides.

Much of his work was under adverse conditions, caused both by nature and the DEC. State regulations made him very accountable for all his work hours, and restricted any overtime he might have claimed.

However, when he talked about the section of the Adirondack Park that he patrolled he grinned a lot, and there was a sparkle in his eyes. It was easy to see Mark really cared about the forest preserve.

Thank you for your friendship Mark. You are missed so very much.

Joseph M. Inglese

Amsterdam and Wells

     

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