About Brody

The Story

"Life is full of surprises and it can either be tragic and/or wonderful. We have the choice in how we handle it. Such was the case for Utah State Park Ranger Brody Young as he began his patrol on the early evening of November 19, 2010.

What happened next defies explanation. Brody's experience can bring hope and reflection. 9 Miracles will motivate and hopefully inspire you for years to come. You can't help but search for the meaning and miracles in your life!"

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Remains of man suspected of shooting park ranger found 5 years later near Moab.



Brody Wayne Young was married in October 1999. They are outnumbered with 3 kids and the kids know it!

Professional River Guide for Western River Expeditions 1999-2004

Graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Psychology and a minor in sociology 2003.

He’s a full-time Law Enforcement Ranger with the State of Utah and currently the Assistant Boating Program Manager for Utah State Parks and Recreation which manages the education and enforcement of boating in Utah. Employed since 2006, Ranger Young’s focus has been helping people and enforcing Utah’s Laws and Rules on the water and on trails throughout Utah.

Brody’s interest in Law Enforcement came from guiding passengers on river trips through the Grand Canyon, Cataract Canyon, Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River and in Desolation Canyon on the Green River.


Workers Compensation Fund of Utah (Three Times)

Mapleton City

Bridgerland Training Institute

Utah Peace Officers Association

Multiple Church Youth Groups

San Juan County Sheriff's Office

Association of General Contractors (Twice)

Colorado River Law Association

Bureau of Criminal Investigations Utah

Lee B. Perry - Utah State Representative and Law Enforcement Professional Writes:

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

FBI Citizens Academy of Cleveland, Ohio

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

EMS Associates

22nd Utah Sherrifs Association Conference

"I discovered Brody had a fascinating life story prior to that fateful day he was shot 9 times but now he has a new chapter that is even more intriguing and beneficial for people to hear.Brody's will to live, his life before the shooting and the way the shooting has changed his life and that of his family is a compelling story that people need to hear. Brody's miraculous survival and recovery give him the unique ability to share an important message for everyone to put to use in our lives to make every day a learning day and to live every day like it were your last but to train and live like we will live forever."

Additional Comments

"Thank you for having Brody Young speak to us today. What an inspiring, uplifting message." -Virginia-
"The speaker (Brody Young) this morning was amazing! It's amazing what we can accomplish when we put your mind to something. It was inspiring to hear. His story and how he was determined to survive and how his training and practice saved his life." -Jeff-
"Brody, I just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for speaking at our Big D Quarterly Meeting. You did a great job and were spot on for our group. As I told you that day, you are the first speaker to receive a *standing ovation* from the team and we have done this meeting for years. Thanks for a great presentation & your service. Much Appreciated." -Forrest-


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DSC_9606smallMy wife, children and I wish to express our gratitude to the Shumway family for their dedicated and successful search efforts on this case.  We wish to acknowledge the countless hours put in by the Grand and Weber County Sheriff Offices in this five year investigation. We are grateful for Federal, State and local authorities who assisted in the initial search efforts and the on-going investigation. Hundreds of officers and individuals spent countless hours searching the area. We appreciate their dedication and determination to bring this case to a close.

We are grateful for the first responders, ambulance crew, and medical staff at the Allen Memorial Hospital (now Moab Regional Hospital) for their quick response and treatment. We are indebted to the flight crew and the medical staff at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. I wouldn’t be alive without them. We also want to thank Mountain Land Physical Therapy for their tireless efforts in my complete rehabilitation. 

 There are so many others who have reached out and helped our family and while there are too many to individually recognize, we say thank you!

Our thoughts are with Lance Arellano’s family, especially his mother and daughter. Five years of uncertainty is a long time. We hope this brings closure and allows them to move forward. We wish nothing but the best for them.

My family and I want everyone to know we have been and are extremely blessed. For many reasons, we were able to put the events of this unfortunate incident behind us several years ago. Due in large part to our faith, we have completely forgiven Lance Arellano. This event has strengthened us as a family and individually… and for that we are grateful.

With the help of those mentioned above along with many others, I have returned to work with Utah State Parks as a ranger with the boating program. My responsibilities include education, enforcement, navigation and policy making involving all types of boats. I continue to work as a Law Enforcement Ranger for the state of Utah.  I’m proud to wear the badge again. I love my job! I enjoy serving the public and feel satisfaction in helping those I contact.  I look forward to meeting you as you enjoy the great state of Utah!