A Nevada US Forest Service ranger and his family are the target of a bombing attack.
Guy Pence is a U.S. Forest Service ranger in Carson City, Nevada. He goes to work each day knowing his job has made someone angry enough to try to kill him. But Guy has vowed to continue serving the public despite the risk.
On March 31, 1995, Guy arrived at work to find his office had been ripped apart by a bomb the night before. The FBI initially believed the bomber had targeted just the building, but Guy thought there was more to it than that:
Why would Guy Pence or the Forest Service be a target? Perhaps because they are on the front line of a war most don’t even know about. Some call it the Sagebrush Rebellion. It’s a group of ranchers, loggers, and miners who are opposed to federal control of local public lands. For nearly a century, many of them have had permits that give them access to huge tracts of that land. But gradually, federal regulations to protect the land have restricted their use. Rangers, like Guy, have to enforce those new laws, which brings them face to face with angry protesters. And in some cases, rebellious ranchers have the support of their local officials, such as Nye County Commissioner Dick Carver:
Although local leaders support the land use, none of them support the use of violence, like the bombing of Guy’s office. According to Commissioner Carver:
Four months after the bombing, any question about whether Guy had been personally attacked was erased. On August 4, 1995, while Guy was out patrolling the backcountry, his home was targeted. His wife and their two oldest daughters were there at the time. The homemade bomb, which had been placed directly beneath Guy’s van, exploded into the living room. Fortunately, no one was hurt. According to Guy:
Like the first bombing, there are few solid clues and no suspects. William Jonkey is a special agent with the Carson City FBI:
Guy and his family have moved to another location. He could have quit his job, but Guy chose to keep working for the Forest Service because he thinks the stakes are high: