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Middle Miss. and De Soto NWR Refuge Officers Assist With Homeland Security
Midwest Region, July 6, 2003
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The National Park Service sent out a request again this year for special assistance to guard the nation's icons over the fourth of July weekend. In a show of support for our sister agency, six refuge officers from across the nation responded to the Jefferson Expansion National Monument (St. Louis Arch)to provide additional security. Representing Region 3 were Middle Mississippi River refuge manager John Magera and Refuge Operations Specialist Steve Van Riper from DeSoto NWR.

The city of St. Louis hosts an annual three-day fair known as ?Fair St. Louis? that attracts over a million people to the 90-acre monument grounds. The detail began with a day long briefing followed by three shifts at one of the seven security checkpoints. The shifts were long and hot, with each refuge officer logging more than 50 hours on their feet in a four day period.

Approximately 400,000 people who visited the fair each day were screened for weapons and other security risks. Each day, several weapons, illegal narcotics and other contraband were seized at the checkpoints. Overall the detail was considered a success and the event went very well with only a few minor incidents.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
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