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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


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

You were taken way before your time. It would have been an honor to meet you. I will pray for the loved ones.

Possible Future LEO Anonymous Anonymous
May 28, 2015

Margaret you were taken to soon. Your friends and your coworkers still mourn your loss today. Your family will always be in our thoughts and in prayers.

Former NPS
January 2, 2015

I miss my sister dearly. I think of her and what could have been. ..what should have been. I continue to pray for the LEOs and their families. ..for their safety and for peace.

January 1, 2015

God bless you Mom and Dad Kritsch and all US Park Rangers. We in NYC with the NYPD are going through difficult times now, and share your pain with this senseless loss

Patrick Keane
December 31, 2014

It has been three years since we lost Margaret. We hold her dearly in our hearts though there will always be a hole in our lives. We have always been proud of our daughter and feel blessed to have her as our daughter.

Our daily prayers are for the safety of all law enforcement officers and their families.

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margaret's Mom and Dad
December 31, 2014

In a few short days you will have been gone 3 years. We all think of
You very often and miss you much! We celebrate your life with our
Memories. I know you are in heaven keeping watch over us. When you
See my dad give him a huge hug from me!

Love, Amanda and Don
Your cousins in Arizona
December 30, 2014

I will be replacing my porch light with a blue light for you, Margaret, on January first, and be thinking of your family.

NPS Dispatcher
National Park Service
December 25, 2014

Yesterday was the Winter Solstice and I thought of you, with your job among the beauty of nature. I still think of your sacrifice and pray that God continues to comfort your family. Know that you are missed and the world is a little less bright, without your light shinning. You live on through the land, the trees, the stars, the memories of all Gods goodness.

Charleston, WV
December 22, 2014

As the nation remembers the fallen, our friend and our coworker we mourn your loss again. We will never forget you or what you sacrificed for others.

May 15, 2014

As Mother's Day approaches I think of how wonderful of a mother you were. Thank you for all your caring words and advice. I sure miss your laugh.

"They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.”
-William Penn

A friend
May 1, 2014

Ranger Margaret Anderson,

When you left us I was scheduled to go to LE Ranger Academy for the NPS. Later in May of the same year I climbed Mount Rainier. While climbing the mountain, it was your sacrifice and service that kept me motivated to reach the top. I attended LE seasonal academy in Flagstaff where you graduated many years ago. On the wall in the lecture hall is a memorial in your honor.

Thank you for your service and dedication. You will always be remembered.

U.S. Park Ranger
National Park Service
February 20, 2014

It has been 2 years since your death and although life goes on, you are not forgotten. Your family remains in my prayers and I ask that God continue to shelter and comfort them.

Charleston, WV
January 1, 2014

Oh, Margaret. We all miss you so much...

Robert Danno
NPS Ranger
January 1, 2014


U.S. Park Ranger
National Park Service
January 1, 2014


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