Monday was my fourth day working here at Interdependence Hall National Historical Park. I arrived at the ranger station a few minutes early to handle some housekeeping and get ready for the start of my shift. I am greeted at the door of the ranger station by a K-9 named Ken. At first he barked from a distance. He settled down quickly and I changed into my uniform. I spoke with my supervisor Ranger Snow and he gave me my duties for the day. I was told to accompany Rangers Juan and Melissa while they screen and escort FRIENDS group of independence through the Liberty Bell Center (LBC) around 1800hr for a tour. I was also told to go through some personal property found here in the park, make a report and list the property so we could identify and contact the owner.
While locking gates, Juan and Melissa had made a contact with a visitor who had been sleeping on one of the parks benches. For safety purposes I was not included in this contact and I waited for them in a different area of the park. Once they had completed the contact they told me they had noticed the visitor had alcoholic beverages in his bag. Using their discretion as law enforcement officers carefully handled the situation. They met back up with me and I headed to the ranger station to work on some more paper work.