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Andrea Leinfelder Dec. 26, 2018
Darolyn Butler patrolled the airport perimeter atop Navajo, an Appaloosa used to train riders for long-distance endurance races. Next to her was Kelly Baber and two of his horses, Ben and TL Mr. Roan Apache — “Patch” for short, because the breeding quarter horse is missing an eye.
But less than perfect vision didn’t deter him on this recent morning. The horses and their riders were looking for wildlife hazards, such as holes where critters could crawl beneath the fence and onto a runway, and for the more worrisome human hazards.
About 65 people, including off-duty law enforcement officers, are trained as Airport Rangers to ride along the fences and woods surrounding Bush Intercontinental Airport. It’s a little-known volunteer program, but its roots are in a decadeslong tradition of civilians helping secure the country...
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