Eatonville Post Office dedicated to park ranger

Margaret Anderson’s parents Paul and Dorothy Kritsch on the left with Congressman Dave Reichert, second from the right, and Acting Seattle District Manager Don Jacobus, right, with the plaque dedicating the Eatonville, WA, Post Office in honor of Anderson.

Margaret Anderson’s parents Paul and Dorothy Kritsch on the left with Congressman Dave Reichert, second from the right, and Acting Seattle District Manager Don Jacobus, right, with the plaque dedicating the Eatonville, WA, Post Office in honor of Anderson.

The Eatonville, WA, Post Office was dedicated recently to honor National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson who was killed on duty in Mount Rainer National Park.

A public ceremony was held at the post office with Anderson’s parents in attendance, Washington Eighth District Congressman Dave Reichert, who sponsored the legislation to authorize the dedication, and numerous people from the National Parks. A plaque was set at the post office placing Anderson’s name on the building.

Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect in the park on Jan. 1, 2012. She had set up a traffic block to intercept a vehicle that failed to stop at a chain-up checkpoint in the park. Unbeknownst to Anderson, the suspect was wanted in connection to a shooting the previous day where four people were wounded. The suspect opened fire on Anderson, killing her, and then fled on foot into the woods. He was found dead the following day in the park.

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