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SHOOTING: Take pride in National Park Service

Letter by Katrina M. Hay, Gig Harbor on Jan. 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm with 6 Comments »
January 11, 2012 2:54 pm

I attended the moving memorial for Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier National Park ranger who was slain on New Year’s Day. As a professor at Pacific Lutheran University and a daughter of a retired law enforcement park ranger, I find myself reflecting on their noble profession and how it affects us all.

At the memorial, leaders offered remembrances of a woman whose passion was to care for nature and keep it safe for us and for generations to come. Many people do not realize how dangerous the job of a park ranger can be.

I remember nights wondering about my father’s search-and-rescue operations, extreme weather or conflicts between park visitors. It makes me proud of our National Park Service and our nation’s unique and radical idea to preserve and protect the Earth’s last great treasure: our wilderness.

It was fitting that the service was held in an academic setting, because imagine how many of us discovered a love for learning and exploring nature while visiting a national park? I found my love for astronomy while gazing at velvet-black night skies in those remote wilderness areas, a love that would lead me to my career.

The National Park Service honors PLU by holding Anderson’s memorial here. We Pacific Northwesterners notice the work they do, and we thank them for their service.

(Hay teaches physics at PLU.)

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. The job is made more dangerous with gun toting, low self-esteem nuts coming into the parks.

  2. tommy98466 says:

    Publico… don’t you ever have anything else to offer? Where do you get your stats from? I think you just make them up as you go along, don’t you? Pathetic.

  3. Tommy? Here are the FACTS: Could it be that the killer, was clinically whacko, a violent offender, kicked out of the army, had a cachet of weapons, he had just shot up four people at a party hours before, and then went to a National Park where a brave Ranger and mother of two, was riddled in the head and chest with bullets by a… SANE ESTEEMED person?! Heaven help us if he would have made it to the visitor center where families were at! Do you think he was simply heading there to order breakfast?!

  4. lamofred says:

    Of course we treasure our national parks and their rangers. The real issue in this terrible tragedy is not that we must treasure our park rangers, but that we must provide better care for our returning vets, so many of who are deeply disturbed and addicted to violence as their only means of expression.

  5. SCORPION says:

    great way to start the thread publico, could you not give it a rest on this specific thread. The wrtiter was honoring the park ranger.

    Sometimes its that simple…

  6. Ditto SCORPION’s sentiment.

    Show some respect.

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