Moment of Silence On January 1 for Park Ranger Killed in 2012
TACOMA, WA - Officials at Mount Rainier National Park are observing a moment of silence at 10:44AM Wednesday to honor slain park ranger Margaret Anderson.
The 34-year-old was shot and killed January 1, 2012 as she tried to stop a man who drove through a tire chain checkpoint near Longmire. The body of the suspect was found the next day about a mile away in the snow. He drowned in a creek while affected by hypothermia.
Anderson was hailed as a hero for stopping the gunman from reaching a congested, popular visitor area that day.
The mother of two girls joined the Park Service in 2002. She and her husband, Eric, also a park ranger, transferred to Mount Rainier in 2008.
The family has moved but KeyBank in Eatonville maintains a donation account in her name.