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PRAC Honorary Lifetime Member 2005

Ranger John Havicon


A member of PRAC since 1990, Ranger Havicon became active and was elected Director of Region 3 in 1997 and served on the Board for 2 terms.


He was elected President in 2000 and served as Past-President from 2002 to 2006.


John's accomplishments within PRAC:

● Helped organize a set of training standards for Park Rangers

● Helped set up a process for members to become certified to PRAC standards.

● Served as Chairman for the Nominating Committee.

● Served as EMS committee

● Re-designed PRAC's Brochure

● Re-designed PRAC's event display

● Played active role in PRAC's last 4 conferences


John started his park career in 1978 as a seasonal maintenance technician for Ventura County Parks, collecting park entry fees, mowing golf course greens, and overseeing a group of weekend probationers. At the same time, he attended Moorpark Junior College with the intent of becoming a Park Ranger and finished at Cal State University with a degree in Earth Science in 1980.


After graduating, he moved to Sacramento, worked at a nursery and continued to search for Park Ranger positions throughout the state. He was hired as a Park Ranger Assistant in 1985, and worked part time, while he attended the Police Academy and Emergency Medical Technician Training. In 1987, he was hired as a full-time Ranger/Peace Officer for Sacramento County Parks, and now serves that agency in a supervisory assignment.


Accomplishments as a Ranger:

● His department's First Aid & CPR instructor in 1990.

● Designed a bicycle trail map of the American River Parkway, which is now sold in local stores.

● Took part in the Junior Ranger program, teaching children rock climbing basics and safety.

● Designed a ready reference of local & state laws that apply to parks.

● Was responsible for getting 5 defibrillators donated to his department's Rangers.

● Survived a dangerous shoot-out with a suspect, after being shot in the chest.