News Release

Forest Service Chief’s Statement on Employee’s Action that Led to Fugitives’ Arrest

August 20, 2010 -

"Our employee's alert action in notifying the proper authorities of suspicious activities in our national forest led to a quick, safe diffusion of a potentially explosive situation," said USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "I applaud his intuition, prudence and quick action, which ended up protecting not only nearby campers but other communities in the area as well. I consider this guy to be a hero."