Bryce Canyon. Credit: Bryce Canyon National Park via Facebook

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah – 78-year-old Bryce Canyon National Park Ranger Tom Lorig passed away on Friday, June 7, after an on-duty accident left him injured.

According to a press release from the park, Lorig was working with park visitors at the annual Astronomy Festival when he tripped and fell, striking his head on a rock. A visitor notified a law enforcement ranger after finding that Lorig was unresponsive, leading national park rangers, medically-trained bystanders, and local EMS personnel to provide life-saving care.

Tom Lorig served Bryce Canyon, the National Park Service, and the public as an interpretive park ranger, forging connections between the world and these special places that he loved. As our community processes and grieves this terrible loss, we extend our deepest condolences to all of Ranger Lorig’s family and friends. We also want to express gratitude to the National Park Service and Garfield County emergency services staff who responded as well as to the bystanders who assisted NPS first responders.” – Park Superintendent Jim Ireland

Ranger Tom Lorig served at a total of 14 national park sites, including Badlands, Bryce Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, El Malpais, Florissant Fossil Beds, Glen Canyon, Klondike Gold Rush, Mount Rainier, New River Gorge, Olympic, Saguaro, Yosemite, Zion, and Dinosaur National Monument. He first began his work with the National Park Service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1968. He was also a Registered Nurse in the Seattle, Washington area for 40 years.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Ranger Tom Lorig at this time.

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