Eatonville Post Office to be Dedicated in Honor of Margaret Anderson

U.S. Postal Service Pays Tribute to Park Ranger Killed on Duty

August 27, 2014 @USPS

EATONVILLE, WA — The U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute to National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson by dedicating the Eatonville Post Office in her honor during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, in front of the Eatonville Post Office, 103 W. Center St.

A plaque will be set at the Eatonville Post Office, placing Anderson’s name on the building.  The Eatonville Post Office will retain its name.  U.S. Eighth District Congressman Dave Reichert sponsored legislation to authorize the dedication event.

Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while attempting to stop a fleeing suspect near the Longmire Ranger Station in Mount Rainer National Park on January 1, 2012. Anderson 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 Ranger Anderson, killing her, and then fled on foot into the woods.  His was found dead the following day in the park.

Anderson, 34, had served with the National Park Service for 12 years.  She is survived by her husband, also a Park Ranger, and two young children.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony include:

  • Margaret Anderson’s father Paul Kritsch
  • Congressman Dave Reichert
  • Eatonville Mayor Mike Schaub
  • Superintendent Mount Rainier National Park Randy King
  • U.S. Postal Service Seattle District Manager Don Jacobus
  • Manager, Post Office Operations Bill Rupert
  • Eatonville Postmaster Jim Bisceglia

This is the second post office in Washington State to be dedicated in the name of a local citizen.  In February 2012 the Postal Service dedicated the Rolling Bay Post Office on Bainbridge Island in honor of John “Bud” Hawk, a Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, who was born and raised on Bainbridge Island.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


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