Department of Parks
Kentucky State Park Ranger Receives National Honor
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Kentucky State Park ranger has been honored as one of the top rangers in the country by ReserveAmerica, a provider of recreation and campground reservation services.
Albert Goodin, the longest serving ranger in Kentucky with 34 years of service, was one of five rangers to receive a silver medal from ReserveAmerica for his dedication to park visitors and professionalism. Goodin has worked at Levi Jackson State Park at London for four years and previously was based at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin.
“We’re very proud of Ranger Goodin for this accomplishment,” said Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller. “This honor shows the kind of professionalism all of our rangers have. Ranger Goodin and his colleagues are able to balance law enforcement with good customer service – no easy task.”
The Knox County native served in the Army for three years before becoming a ranger. He says his job is more than being a law enforcement officer.
“I love working with the public. I like to talk with and help people,” Goodin said. “I just like my job.”
Goodin was honored as a district ranger of the year by the Kentucky State Parks for 2005 for outstanding customer service, communication, teamwork, and dependability.
Every year, ReserveAmerica recognizes the country’s top rangers who dedicate their careers to serving park visitors while preserving the country’s public lands for future generations. For additional information and to read testimonials about the rangers’ dedication and professionalism, visit www.ReserveAmerica.com For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov