Appearing at the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday are, from left: Kevin Bannon, new park rangers Christopher Schuster, Jonathan Rivera, and Ryan Cavanaugh,Larry Oswald, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. Photo Courtesy/Mercer CountyFull size photo

Appearing at the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday are, from left: Kevin Bannon, new park rangers Christopher Schuster, Jonathan Rivera, and Ryan Cavanaugh,Larry Oswald, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. Photo Courtesy/Mercer County

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TRENTON, N.J.-Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes led a swearing in ceremony Oct. 4 for three new County park rangers.

"I believe that the park rangers are really the backbone of our Mercer County park system," Hughes said during the ceremony with the rangers and their families at the County's McDade Administration building Wednesday. "Our parks aren't just open spaces. They are places visited every day by residents seeking active recreation, whether it's a sporting event or participating in a festival, and they couldn't be run without our park rangers."

The newest rangers are Ryan T. Cavanaugh of Lawrenceville, Christopher Schuster of Lawrenceville, and Jonathan Rivera of Trenton.

Cavanaugh, 23, is a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame High School who is currently attending Mercer County Community College, while Rivera, 19, graduated from Ewing High School last year and is also currently attending MCCC. Schuster, 24, is a 2000 graduate of Florence High School and a 2003 graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

There are now 11 full-time Mercer County Park Rangers under the direction of Supervisor Larry Oswald. The park rangers patrol all Mercer County park facilities year-round, seven days a week. Each is certified in First Aid, CPR, and automated external defibrillation (AED) and can be seen patrolling on foot or via mountain bike, ATV or SUV. They are responsible for public safety and park regulation enforcement in the 5,300 acres of Mercer County parkland.