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Park Ranger Suzanne E. United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger

Suzanne E. "Suzi" Roberts

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Weather/Natural disaster

Location: Hawaii

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Ranger Roberts was killed when she was struck by a boulder while clearing rocks that had blocked a roadway as a result of an earlier rock slide in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii. She came upon the rocks on Hana Road and stopped her patrol car to evaluate the situation. As she cleared some of the debris, another rock fell from the cliff approximately 40 feet above her position, and struck her in the back and head.

Several citizens who witnessed the incident used her radio to call for assistance. She was transported to Hana Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Ranger Roberts had served as a park ranger in Hawaii for 5 months, and had previously served as a seasonal ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park for several years.

She is survived by her fiance, parents, brother, and sister.

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Yesterday was Suzi's 10 year anniversary of her death at Haleakala National Park. I wanted to write saying she is not forgotten. Suzi was a dear friend of mine while at Rocky Mountain National Park in the mid 90's. We were both started at the same time on the West side and we had a wonderful experience with many friends and coworkers. Suzi was such an amazing person---always smiling, laughing, being positive, and helping anyone she could. Suzi knew no anger, negative thoughts, or ill will toward anyone. It is still so sad to think she is not with us in physical form, but I often think of her and the times we shared, and she is still an inspiration on how to enjoy life and be kind to others. Just today I stopped and removed rocks from the road, it always makes me think of her and her dedication to the Park Service and visitors. I miss you Suzi and thanks for the great times and memories.

Jason Ramsdell, Law Enforcement Ranger
National Park Service
September 15, 2014

 

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