A memorial service will be held January 10, 2012 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington to honor fallen Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson.
Anderson was killed in the line of duty while executing a traffic stop at the park on New Year’s Day, 2012. The reported gunman, Benjamin Colton Barnes, a former solider, initially blew through one traffic stop, which was checking for requisite winter travel gear. A second stop was then set up by Anderson and another ranger to intercept Barnes. It was at the second stop that Barnes reportedly shot and killed Anderson before fleeing into the park; he was found dead the next day from an apparent drowning. This is the first homicide in the history of Mount Rainier National Park. The park was subsequently closed to the public until January 7, when the majority of the park reopened free of charge.
For more information on the memorial service visit NPS.gov.
Ed Note: Blogger Nate Alcorn is currently on vacation. This update was written by the YellowstonePark.com staff.