Mount Rainier held a service of remembrance for Ranger Margaret Anderson on January 1st, one year after she was tragically shot and killed during a traffic stop on the road to Paradise.
Park staff and visitors who were involved in the lockdown during the manhunt for her killer gathered together to honor and remember Margaret. Stories and memories of Margaret were shared by Ranger Jordan Mammel, Chief Ranger Chuck Young and Superintendent Randy King. “Taps” and “Amazing Grace” were played on the bagpipes by Interpretive Ranger Scott McLean. Attendees were given long-stemmed pink roses to place at temporary memorials located at Longmire and Paradise.
Following the service held in the rustic Longmire Community Building, a ceremonial raising and lowering of the flag to half-staff was held outside the Old Station at Paradise. Throughout the day the snow-covered mountain stood out against a brilliant blue sky, ice and snow crystals sparkled in the sun, and visitors flocked to the park to play in the snow; a fitting tribute to Margaret. We hold Margaret and her family in our hearts forever. We will never forget.
The park is reviewing three designs for a permanent Ranger Memorial to honor all Mount Rainier staff who have lost their own lives to save the lives of others. Nick Hall, Phil Otis, and Sean Ryan will all be honored in addition to Margaret. Possible locations include the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center, Longmire, and the Twin Firs trail. Ideally the memorial will be complete by National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day on May 15th, depending on the site selected and environmental and cultural compliance approvals.