Congress OKs naming post office for Park Ranger Margaret Anderson

Staff writerMay 22, 2014 

Margaret Anderson is shown in her ranger uniform.

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

A plan to rename the Eatonville post office after fallen National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson has cleared Congress and is awaiting the president's signature.

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, sponsored the legislation to designate the post office in downtown Eatonville the "National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office."

Anderson was shot and killed on Jan. 1, 2012 while making a traffic stop at Mount Rainier National Park, near Eatonville. She left behind a husband and two children.

H.R. 1036 passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The U.S. House of Representatives already approved it in March.

The bill now heads to President Obama's desk.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats from Washington, sent out a joint statement Wednesday following the Senate's passage of the legislation.

"“We are so pleased that the Senate has passed this bill to honor Ranger Anderson,” their statement said. “Naming the Eatonville Post Office after Ranger Anderson will honor her dedication to public service, and the dedication of all those who put their lives on the line daily to protect the public.”

In a press release sent out by Reichert's office in March, Reichert said that the Eatonville post office "can now be a memorial to Margaret Anderson’s life, service and bravery."

"It’s a small thing that we can do to honor her and all of those who put their lives on the line for others each and every day," Reichert said.

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