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Huntington District Ranger Receives 2013 Beacon Award

Published June 4, 2013


Huntington, W.Va. –U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District Ranger John Wargo of Alum Creek Lake was one of six Beacon Award recipients nationally honored June 3 during Great Outdoors Week in a ceremony at the Rachel Carson Room of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Stewart Udall Building.

The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has selected six federal programs and efforts as recipients of the 2013 Beacon Award which recognizes outstanding efforts by federal agencies and partners in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management.

Wargo received the honor for his creative and innovative use of technology to promote water and boating safety at Alum Creek Lake and throughout the central Ohio region. He championed the purchase of an animated Safety Boat robot for use in educational programs, exhibits, parades and fairs as a key element in an aggressive water and boating safety program designed to reduce drowning at USACE lakes. He linked the robot to the Corps of Engineers by naming it Corey the Safety Boat and customizing its messaging. His experience and skill at operating the robot, combined with his professional communication skills, have made a distinct and popular visitor service impact on education of youth and promotion of water and boating safety.

Beacon Awards were first presented by the American Recreation Coalition in 2005. Nominations are made by federal agencies and are judged against the award criteria of:

1) Innovative use of technology for visitor services or recreation management;

2) Use of partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit organizations;

3) Efforts to share news of creative solutions within the agency; and

4) Community support for the work of this initiative.

The American Recreation Coalition is a nonprofit, Washington-based federation founded in 1979. The association provides a unified voice for recreation interests to ensure their full and active participation in government policy-making.

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Release no. PA13-25