Two from Rainier earn Valor Awards from Department of Interior

Tacoma News TribuneMay 9, 2014 

Margaret Anderson, who died preventing an armed man from reaching a crowded recreation area in 2012, was one of two Mount Rainier National Park rangers honored May 8 by the Department of the Interior.

Anderson and Peter Maggio were among the 17 National Park Service employees nationwide who received Valor Awards.

Anderson stopped an armed motorist who failed to stop at a snow tire checkpoint. After shooting Anderson, the man fled into the woods where he was found dead, drowned in Paradise River, the next day. Many park employees believe she stopped him from potentially killing more people at Paradise.


Maggio received his award for rescuing a man from an overturned vehicle in the Nisqually River in 2010. The driver fell asleep while driving. Maggio broke the vehicle’s rear window, cut the driver’s seat belt and helped him to safety.

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