Overflow crowds for fallen Mount Rainier ranger's memorial

Jan 10, 2012
Originally published on January 10, 2012 4:05 pm

PARKLAND, Wash. - An overflow crowd of police officers, rangers, friends and family remembered slain Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson as a hero during a memorial service Tuesday. The service took place in an auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University near Tacoma.

Ranger Anderson was shot and killed in the line of duty a week ago Sunday. Her father Paul Kritsch, who is a pastor, delivered the first eulogy.

"Where was Jesus on New Year's Day, on the mountain? He was there," Pastor Kritsch told the crowd. "He was working through Margaret to save others. And when Margaret's life was wrenched away, he was there taking her home to heaven."

Ranger Anderson leaves behind a husband and two young daughters. She was gunned down after setting up a roadblock to stop a vehicle that blew through a chain-up checkpoint.

The gunman died of hypothermia and drowning the following day, after he fled into the snowy woods on Mount Rainier.

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