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Margaret Anderson Memorial: From PLU

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2012 at 8:55 am with No Comments »
January 10, 2012 1:10 pm

Updates from the memorial service for slain Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson today at Pacific Lutheran University.

1:10 – Service is starting. Please follow further updates at

1:08 – The family is in a back room preparing for the service.

1:07 – Auditorium is packed. Service begins at any minute.

1:05 – Other displays include pictures of Anderson with her husband, Eric, and two daughters, 3 and 1 years old. A long ranger hat is also displayed on stage.

12:55 – Display next to picture of Anderson has an old snowshoe, boots, backpack and a first aid bag. A second display appears to include two paintings, one of a duck.

12:53 – Lakewood Police are on casket watch.

12:52 - Rep. Dave Reichert is in attendance.

12:50 – Joe Kohler, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, just announced the service will start in about 15 minutes.

12:48 – A few more first responder departments I’ve seen: Tacoma PD, Fircrest PD, Tacoma Mountain Rescue, Seattle Mountain Rescue, Olympic Mountain Rescue, Buckley PD, Kitsap County Sheriff, Bainbridge Island PD, Pierce County Fire and Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Tulalip PD, Black Diamond PD, Gran Coulee PD, Western Washington University PD, Klamath County Sheriff, Gig Harbor Dire Department, Ruston PD, Ruston Fire, Puyallup PD, Auburn PD, Eatonville PD, Auburn PD, Redmond PD, Edgewood PD, Port Orchard PD, Swinomish PD and more.

12:41 – Mount Rainier National Park employees are sitting in the upper bleachers.

12:40 – Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), an organization that helps families who lost an officer in the line of duty, just filed in and is taking their seats in the south corner of the lower bleachers.

12:39 – A large screen over the stage will display the service for easier viewing in the 2,700-seat auditorium. The service will also be broadcast to two other locations on campus and a church just off campus.

12:32 – The auditorium is filling up fast.  The light is dim inside but spotlights are on the stage and the casket. Two Washington State Patrol officers are guarding the casket. The just relieved two rangers from the National Park Service.

12:14 – The auditorium is humming with National Park Service workers and law enforcement officers taking their seats and waiting for the service to begin.  Spotted former Mount Rainier climbing ranger Mike Gauthier, now of Yosemite NP, on the way in.

Noon –  I’ve taken my spot in the auditorium. Myself, a TV camerman and two photographers are the only members of the media allowed in the auditorium. We are sitting at camera platform at the corner of the auditorium. My view:


11:35 – Casket and family are in the auditorium. Visitors are entering the auditorium now. Service begins at 1 p.m.

11:23 – Casket holding body of Margaret Anderson has arrived with family.

11:22- Riderless horse passing Auditorium

11:17 – Family motorcade and casket arriving.

11:14- NPS director Jon Jarvis has arrived. He and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar embrace.

11:03 – Easily 1500 people outside. Quiet except chopper and nearby squaking Seagull.

10:59- From above. Media choppers circling. Snipers and spotters scanning crowd with binoculars from roof of Olson Auditorium.

10:55 – Bagpipes playing. Motorcade enroute.

10:50 – uniformed personnel taking position for arrival of Margaret Anderson’s body.

10:12 am – procession arriving.

9:58 a.m. – Too many agencies and law enforcement departments here for me to count. But a few I can see from where I’m currently stationed at the Columbia Center on campus: A SWAT team from Bonney Lake, Pierce County Sheriff, Seattle Police, FBI and King County Sheriff.

9:49 a.m. – Procession is expected to arrive in 12 minutes.

9:35 a.m. – NPS is preparing to address the media.

9:27 a.m. – The view outside as the campus prepares for the arrival of the procession.

9:14 – Mount Rainier National Park employee shuttle arrives at PLU. Photo from Kevin Bacher:

9:13 – Confirmed. Taps will be performed by National Park Service Honor Guard John Eleby.

9:07 – Confirmed. Music will be performed by Sgt. Eric Bundy of the Hillsboro (Ore.) Police Department and Mike Evans of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Bundy will sing the national anthem. Evans will perform “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” on the trumpet.

9:05 a.m. – Confirmed. Memorial speakers will be Pastor Joe Koehler of Faith Baptist Church in Ashford will be the master of ceremonies; Pastor Galen Gallimore , Anderson’s pastor, of Bethany Lutheran Church will deliver the invocation and Benediction and offer remembrances; Anderson’s father, Paul Kritsch; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; NPS director Jon Jarvis; Rainier superintendent Randy King; Gov. Chris Gregoire; chief ranger Robert Danno, former boss of Anderson at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland; and Steve Mazur, a ranger who worked alongside Margaret and Eric Anderson at Bryce Canyon National Park.


8:54 a.m. – Confirmed. Riderless horse will start procession on campus at about 10 a.m. Family is expected to arrive at Olson Auditorium at 11 a.m.

8:41 a.m. – Timeline of many of today’s events still uncertain, according to a NPS spokesman.

8:15 a.m. – Confirmed. Anderson’s father, Pastor Paul Kritsch, will be a speaker at today’s ceremony.

8:05 a.m. – The old golf pro shop is being converted into a press center.

7:58 a.m. – I arrived at PLU to find a strong law enforcement presence and parking already starting to fill up. Media and law enforcement are being directed to park on the first fairway of the retired PLU golf course.


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