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Ranger who helped nab fugitives hailed as hero

ST. JOHN, Ariz. (WKOW) -- A forest ranger is being hailed as a "true hero" for helping nab the fugitives who were arrested at an Arizona campsite after a three-week manhunt.

The U.S. Forest Service ranger was investigating what appeared to be an unattended campfire. He approached the couple and later notified authorities, who swarmed the campsite about three hours later. John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch were arrested.

Apache County Sheriff Joseph Dedman said Friday that the ranger is "a true hero. He was out there doing his job."

It's not clear where the fugitives traveled while on the run. They are suspected in several crimes, including the killing of a couple in New Mexico.

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