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Rep. Reichert introduces bill to name Post Office for fallen Park Ranger
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, on Wednesday introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to name the post office at 103 Center St. W., in Eatonville, in memory of National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson.
Anderson was shot and killed in the line of duty on Jan. 1, while establishing a roadblock within Washington's Mount Rainier National Park. Her swift actions prevented the suspect from venturing further into the park to a popular tourist destination.
"A senseless and heartbreaking act of violence ended the life of a public servant and law enforcement officer," Reichert said. "Washington State has a long tradition of enjoying the great outdoors, and it is because of Rangers like Margaret Anderson that people feel safe exploring our great natural resources. The National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office will memorialize her service, her heroism and her life."
Anderson was a wife and mother of two young children. Aside from being a dedicated Park Ranger, she was trained in Emergency Medical Services and volunteered with the Eatonville Fire Department. She is remembered by co-workers as a devoted professional who was highly respected and eager to serve.
"Margaret's decisions likely averted catastrophe," said Randy King, superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park, "She had high personal standards and a way of bringing out the best in people. I thank Rep. Reichert and members of Congress for supporting this action and honoring her life, calling and sacrifice."
Reichert has the support and co-sponsorship of the Washington State Congressional delegation for HR 5788, a Postal Facility Naming Bill. He introduced the bill during National Police Week, a week honoring law enforcement officers.