|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1977, Canada|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2012, USA|
National Park Ranger. Born Margaret Annalise Kritsch in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, she grew up in Connecticut and New Jersey. She attended Kansas State University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. The following year she began her NPS career as a law enforcement ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, where she also met her future husband a fellow Park Ranger. She earned a master's degree in Biology from Fort Hays State University in Kansas in 2003. They then moved to the Washington, D.C. area, where she served as a law enforcement ranger at C & O Canal National Historical Park. In 2005, she completed the Land Management Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia, and her law enforcement field training at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. She also was trained as an emergency medical technician. In 2005, she was married in a service officiated by her father. Within three years the couple accepted law enforcement positions at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State where she also served as the emergency medical services coordinator and training officer. On New Year's Day, a New Year's Eve shooting suspect fled into the park and ran a snow chain checkpoint. Anderson established a road block, halting the suspect, he made a U-turn, exited his vehicle, and opened fire. Ranger Anderson was shot before she was able to exit her patrol car. She radioed for help as the suspect fled on foot. Responding units attempting to reach her were held at bay as the suspect continued to fire on them. Her actions prevented an armed suspect access to a popular and crowded visitor destination and children's playground within the park. Her memorial service was attended by thousands of mourners, and a funeral procession of law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency service vehicles accompanied the casket. She was eulogized by her father, a Lutheran Minister, the director of the National Park Service, and the Secretary of the Interior. She leaves behind a husband and two young daughters.
Mountain View Memorial Park
Lakewood (Pierce County)
Created by: Iola
Record added: Mar 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86042710