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Park Ranger Margaret A. Anderson | United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger

Margaret A. Anderson

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

End of Watch: Sunday, January 1, 2012
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Reflections for Park Ranger Margaret A. Anderson


Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo
January 3, 2017

Memories of Margaret are still constant and powerful because that is the impact she left in my life. She was fiercely determined, loyal, and an ever present smile. All of which are so greatly missed everyday. I think of her family often and know that they miss these moments too because no one was like Margaret and no one will ever be.

A friend always
January 2, 2017


January 1, 2017

Rest in Peace my sister.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)
January 1, 2017

It does not seem possible that it has been 5 years but it has been and as the Seasons come and go, you are lovingly remembered. Keeping your husband, children, family and friends, in my thoughts and prayers.

Charleston, WV
January 1, 2017

Margaret it just seems like yesterday you were sitting in the break room of CHOH. You were there because you were expecting you first child and were on limited duty. We all knew you hated being in the office but you still had a smile on your face that lit up the room. You are one of the best people I have ever worked with and we will never forget you. God bless you and may he comfort and be with your family.

CHOH Coworker
January 1, 2017

There was not a whisper of wind On that cloudless New Year’s Day
When your smile and your light Was taken away
From those of us who loved you, And from those whom you never knew
Your heroics and your bravery came shining through.
You will always be remembered, for your devoted and selfless ways.
You will never be forgotten from that day, until the end of days.

We ask for 1 minute of silence, for our forever 741…

Rest in Peace, Margaret!

January 1, 2017

I remember this incident for two reasons: First, I lived in Ashford WA in the early '50's when my dad worked at Mt. Rainier. Second, because it was such a cold-blooded incident. I pray that the Kritsch's memory of their daughter will be assuaged by the wonderful memories of her. She will always be remembered by those who know of the sacrifices of the Thin Blue Line.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona
January 1, 2017

I did not know you but I grieve for you. The LEO family runs deep and your service and sacrifice shall never be forgotten. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Virgil Weber, Sgt. (ret)
Glendora (Ca) PD
January 1, 2017

Hello again my friend. As I strap on my vest and head out on patrol, I will think about you on the anniversary of your passing. I will remember as always the day I met you at the lake. Working together, sharing laughs, having a beer with the crew. What a fun summer we had. Id give anything to see that smile and have one more beer with you. Watch over us and save me a spot up there Love ya!

PO Nick Cevasco
Morris Township Police
January 1, 2017

I watched this story on YouTube. Its called Heroes Behind the Badge. The guy had no camping gear, only guns and body armor. They believe that he was going to just go in there and go on a shooting spree. What Margaret did was eliminate that threat by blocking the road and putting her life on the line and in doing so she paid the ultimate price. Rest in Piece Ranger Anderson. You are a hero. God bless you and your family.

Jacob Brooks
Citizen/Law Enforcement Supporter
January 1, 2017

Never forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Ben Byrnes
National Park Service
January 1, 2017

Five years ago on New Year's Day our beloved daughter Margaret gave her life to protect the lives of others. She remains, as always, held closely in our hearts. Grief over the years changes but it is still there. Grief is not a sign of a lack of faith or strength of character but the result of how much you have loved. This is the third year that a fund we established in her memory has provided needed equipment and/or training of our local Sherriff's Department. Our daily prayers are that all law enforcement officers return home safely at the end of their shifts.

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margaret's Mom and Dad
December 31, 2016

Dear Fellow Ranger,
Margaret would be humbled and proud of your honor and service. God protect you.
Margaret's Mom and Dad

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
October 25, 2016

Dear Margaret:

I grieved the day you were murdered. I was only one year into a 5-year journey toward becoming a law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service. Having lived in Seattle for many years, I knew your park. I knew where you were senselessly killed.

Your death caused me to redouble my efforts. It also reminded me of the service Rangers provide the people who visit the National Parks. It reminded me that the profession I was on a track to enter was dangerous. It meant there would be no routine days...

A week after you died I bought a blue bracelet that bears your name and the date you died. While I worked my way toward becoming a Ranger, I wore it only when I practiced my shooting. When I finished, I would take it off and pack it away in my Sig case. No one knew I had it.

I took my academy classes in a room now dedicated to you. The sign on the door with your laser cut name... When all the other students cleared out, I knew you were there, somehow helping to guide...

I was lucky to get my first posting in the park I love the most. I’ve completed my first season of service. It’s been a dream come true. A few weeks ago, I took the bracelet from the gun case and now wear it everyday. I figure I’ve earned the right to do so. I hope you would have approved.

I honor you. I truly know how deep was the sacrifice you made. I now know the job you did to protect parks and people. I’ll help others carry forward your work, emulate your spirit, and meet the same commitments you did. I will do what you devoted all of yourself toward doing. Your end of watch is my call to action. Part of what he took from you I now have. It’s my duty now.

Rest easy…

A Fellow Ranger
October 12, 2016

Thinking of you on the anniversary of 9-11 and how many people were lost, just like you for doing such a valuable job. Continued prayers for your family.

September 12, 2016

As Margaret's parents our hearts break for the LEOs in Dallas and their families. We pray for the peace and healing which our Lord Jesus brings.
A profound thank you to all Law Enforcement Officers and their families everywhere! May our Lord watch over you and protect you.

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margartet Anderson's Mom and Dad
July 10, 2016

Margaret thinking of you tonight and can't believe it has been 4 years. The service is not the same with out you. You are missed immensely. God blessed us with you and your family!

Dave Stransky, Chief Ranger
National Park Service
June 18, 2016

Rest in Peace Ranger Margaret Anderson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderer.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX
January 2, 2016

Remembering Ranger Anderson today on the anniversary of that tragic day. God Bless.

Warren Dean
National Park Service
January 1, 2016

We are deeply saddened by your sacrifice and the loss to your family. We are continuing to pray for your family and friends.

Darlene Newton
Friend of the Story County Sheriff's Office
January 1, 2016

I'm a retired Police Officer from California and a member of POLICE Together We Served. I noticed this post today, and I'd like to share my sympathies with you and your family. I'm acquainted with a Police Officer Loss in that one of my best friends and fellow Police Officers was shot and killed in the line of duty in December 1982. I've not gotten over that. Please accept my condolences, and my prayers to our God to help you with your grief. It's a terrible thing that we have monsters on this earth who ignore precious life and take it. Thank you for your Hero's sacrifice. Such a young and beautiful person. So sorry.

Senior Police Officer Rick A. Welch Sr.
January 1, 2016

After four years our loss remains acute. Margaret is always in our thought and memories. We just spent Christmas with her brother and sister where many stories and much laughter were shared. We are proud to be her Mom and Dad.
Our daily prayers are for all Law Enforcement Officers that they return home safely at the end of their shifts.

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margaret's Mom and Dad
December 30, 2015

On Thanksgiving as on every day we give thanks for our daughter, Margaret. All law enforcement officers and their families remain in our prayers that they return home safely at the end of their shifts

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margaret's Mom and Dad
November 26, 2015

Today is the Autumn Equinox, the first day of Fall and I think of your job, enjoying the beauty of nature, helping to preserve the land. You dedicated your life to protecting not just people but the parks we all take for granted. You are missed and will never be forgotten.

Charleston, WV
September 23, 2015


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