Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

As as an outfitter and biologist, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with many fine NPS and NFS rangers. Unfortunately, I do not believe Ranger Anderson was one of them, but the excellence of rangers in general and the story of Ranger Anderson’s selfless sacrifice in particular have stayed with me.

This spring, I have the honor to name a new ( baby) pack llama.
Trust me when I tell you that a baby llama can bring a smile to most anyone’s face; they all prancing legs and batting eyelashes. I wish that all here who serve the public in difficult circumstances and/or came here to grieve could spend some time with this Fluffy, white bundle of joy and be comforted. In lieu of that, I hope the thought of her helps.

This llama will spend her days like her namesake did: helping people. She will be, bringing smiles to lots of faces as she bravely works in our public lands with her friends and family.

(Note: I hope those who knew this fine ranger, and especially her family, find this an appropriate tribute. If not, please use the supplied email to lmk and I will find another way to honor her service...)

Packer, Biologist and Outfitter

June 7, 2019

Every single day when law enforcement personnel put on their uniform they are in danger, no matter where they are. Margret was trying to stop a person who ran a chain-up station, just as all of us have done from time to time at Mount Rainier National Park. Her death points up that being a nice person, as Margret was, does not shield you from those who wish to harm people protecting our freedom.

Gene Casey, Park Ranger (Retired)
National Park Ranger 1962-1998

April 11, 2019

We will never forget your bravery Margret. I remember this day like it was today . Sadness swept across the Nation through the National Park Service the day you were called home. We love you and miss you.

Retired Chief Ranger, Regina Carrico.
National Park Service

January 3, 2019

We all think of you often. Not a New Year passes without reflection of who you were and the senseless taking of your life. It also brings the contemplation of our responsibilities as Rangers. We have the watch from here.

U.S. Park Ranger
National Park Service

January 2, 2019

Another year has passed and I know you still watch over us all. Keep blessing us with your love from above and help guide us to make this world a more peaceful place for us all.

Amanda and Don
Cousins in AZ

January 1, 2019

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are bold as a lion”

E.W. Deptuty U.S. Marshal
USMS and former colleague

January 1, 2019

Margaret you touched many lives. Some of those were lucky to know you. Other were touched by you without ever meeting you. You gave your life for other people that day.saved them at the cost of your own life and future.

Every year at this time I think of you and your family and say a prayer. I was lucky to meet you and work with you at the C&O Canal NHP. You left a lasting impression on me of your professionalism, dedication and compassion. I am better off having known you.

Tony C
Former NPS coworker

December 31, 2018

It has been seven years since our beloved daughter, Margaret, was shot and killed in the line of duty saving the lives of over 120 people at Mount Rainer. We are very proud of her service but continue to daily miss her with all our hearts. We see her face and artistic talents in her daughters - her legacy lives on! We thank God for the years we had of Margaret's smile, love, laughter. concern and humor. We were always amazed by her ability to focus on what needed to be done and then determinedly accomplish her goals. Forever in our hearts!

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margaret's Mom and Dad

December 31, 2018

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 17, 2018

I couldn’t think of a more fitting epitaph
She must of been a very good and worthy person

I have no rank
A stranger on the other side of the world

September 6, 2018

Not a year goes by that I don't pause to reflect upon your passing Margaret. Although our friendship was a scant two years during college at K-State, your impact on me will last a lifetime.
I wept aloud that day for a person I hadn't seen in 15 years, and for all of those that I knew you had touched in your life. Fortunately, we who knew you will always remember that giggle and smile.

Rest well.

Justin Walters - 9th floor, Moore Hall

June 21, 2018

A new year, but you and your sacrifice will always be remembered.

Charleston, WV

January 2, 2018

RIP Margaret!

Amanda and Don
Cousins in Arizona

January 2, 2018

Thank you Margaret for your service to our country through the Park Service. God has prepared a special, and peaceful, place for us in Heaven, May your family and close friends be comforted in knowing that families are forever, and they will see you again.

Senior Police Officer, Retired
Asheville Police Department, Asheville NC

January 1, 2018

Another year remembered Margaret. Protect us and your family from above. You are missed and thought of often. I still remember your laugh as we would work the busy weekends at Spruce Run and then have Miller Lites after work. You were always a good friend. ♥️♥️

PO Nick Cevasco
Morris Township PD

January 1, 2018

Rest in peace my sister.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

January 1, 2018

RIP Margaret!

Amanda and Don
Cousins in Arizona

January 1, 2018

You may be gone, your friends and the people touched will not forget you or your sacrifice for others.

Tony C
Coworker at NPS

January 1, 2018

Margaret I was honored to lead the riderless horse at your service. You are an inspiration to so many and are missed by many. May you continue to Rest in Peace my friend

Billie Patrick
Retired NPS

January 1, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 1, 2018

The new year is always and will forever be a reminder of your sacrifice. You looked evil in the face and saved many lives that cold January day. You are an inspiration and motivation to LEOs across the country. Rest In Peace Ranger Anderson

US Park Ranger
National Park Service

December 31, 2017

Our daughter, Margaret, will always be in our thoughts and hearts. As we remember her we think of the daughter who loved her Lord and as a result loved all of nature, who was a friend to everyone, who had the courage to try new things, who had the determination to achieve her dreams ,who had the ability to make everyone feel better and who grew up to be a loving wife and mother. We miss her and are blessed that she is our daughter.

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margaret's Mom and Dad

December 31, 2017

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

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