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

The grief of losing Margaret nine years ago hasn't diminished. The grief is in the lost phone calls, laughter, family pictures, and the warm hugs. The grief is in Margaret not being the Mom that she was supposed to be because she was amazing and she deserved to be happy and old with Eric. I just miss you my friend.

A friend

January 4, 2021

You are never forgotten. Thank you for your protection from above. We think of you often.

Don and Amanda
Cousins in Arizona

January 3, 2021

You are never forgotten. Thank you for your protection from above. We think of you often.

Amanda and Don
Cousins in Arizona

January 1, 2021

You are missed and have never been forgotten. Your heroics saved multiple lives. Rest easy in Heaven. You will always be with us.

Amanda and Don
Your cousins in Arizona

January 1, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 1, 2021

It’s been 9 years since we lost a friend and coworker in Margaret. Those who never knew her lost a protector they didn’t know existed. The Bible says no greater love than to lay your life down for another. She gave her life that day for dozens that didn’t even know they were in danger, people she had never or only briefly met. They went home to families and friends to live their lives, she didn’t go home to her family that day. Anyone who knew her would tell you she would still protect everyone there that day again. That’s the person and Ranger she was.

TC
CoWorker NPS

January 1, 2021

You are missed and have never been forgotten. Your heroics saved multiple lives. Rest easy in Heaven. You will always be with us.

Amanda and Don
Your cousins in Arizona

January 1, 2021

Nine years ago today Officer Anderson saved numerous lives by blocking that roadway with her vehicle. I remember her directing our vehicle to a parking spot as we were one of the first vehicles to arrive.
We were 4 of the 125 people whose lives she saved that day.
We will never forget her.

Sgt. K. F. Nash
IPD (Retired)

January 1, 2021

Nine years ago today Officer Anderson saved numerous lives by blocking that roadway with her vehicle. I remember her directing our vehicle to a parking spot as we were one of the first vehicles to arrive.
We were 4 of the 125 people whose lives she saved that day.
We will never forget her.

Sgt. K F Nash
IPD (Retired)

January 1, 2021

Nine years ago we lost our precious daughter. She loved her family and loved God as a woman of faith. She was a friend to all. She had a funny side and was a friend to all. She loved to learn and loved all of nature. As she wrote in the Acknowledgements of her Master's Thesis, "pure happiness and curiosity is where it all begins. " We will always miss our beloved Margaret.

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Parents of Fallen Officer
Margaret A Anderson. EOW 1-1-2012

December 30, 2020

Thank you for your service to this country.

Law Enforcement Officer
National Park Service

March 12, 2020

Very sad to hear and I feel so very bad for her family. My deepest condolences.

retired Il. police officer Eric Lutz
no relationship, Ill State Univ Police

March 6, 2020

RANGERS RANGE™

Where the wind sweeps through a mountain pass
Where the sunlight casts the shadow of a mesa
Where the rain falls upon rough waters
And snowflakes cover frozen peaks
Rangers Range

Preserving battlefields of sacrifice and blood
Protecting living things which have no voice
At elevation and in all environs
In twilight and early dawn
Rangers Range

In the silence of terrain at night
In the force of a swift current
In the echo of an avalanche
The cry of a victim
Rangers Range

The smell of black on yellow
The glow of fire in the night
The power of water
And heat of flame
Rangers Range

Blue steel in cordovan leather
Gold on grey above green
Flathat level with the land
Forest green blood
Rangers Range

Loyal to the tradition
Service before self
Formed by fitness
Defined by duty
Rangers Range

Eyes along the skyline
Nose to the wind
What you stand for
Who you are

Steve Mazur
National Park Ranger
January 2000
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Ranger Pilot Steve Mazur
BLM

January 27, 2020

Another year has passed and it still brings tears to my eyes you are gone. I think of you often and know you are watching over us from above. I love you and you are missed.

Amanda and Don
Cousins in Arizona

December 31, 2019

You are never forgotten. You live on in our hearts, dear comrade.

Cathy Beeler, Park Ranger (retired)
National Park Service

December 31, 2019

Eight years ago we lost our precious daughter. There is no time limit to grief when a piece of your heart has been taken. She remains in our thoughts daily and our hearts forever.

Dorothy and Paul Kritsch
Margaret's Mom and Dad

December 30, 2019

Rest in peace Park Ranger Anderson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 30, 2019

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...)

Citizen
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

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