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Madison County Records volunteer saving history one page at a time

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- It is a race against time. Saving the written history of Madison County has become the mission of a small group of volunteers working at the Madison County Records Center.

But if you ask anyone familiar with the task of protecting the millions of pages of documents, John Rankin's name is the one you will hear over and over again.

Rankin has spent years volunteering to digitize and preserve court documents, books and records for future generations.

Rankin is a local historian, but his life before volunteering is a bit of a mystery due to his top-secret clearances associated with his work in the military and NASA during his career as an engineer. Rankin worked on hundreds of projects, including the Apollo program.

WHNT News 19 featured some of the work Rankin has undertaken in the past, preserving 'lost documents' turned over to the county last year.

Watch our previous coverage here.