Margaret Anderson, the U.S. ranger who was killed Jan. 1 while on duty at Mount Rainier National Park, could be the namesake of a nearby Post Office.
The News Tribune is reporting that the U.S. House has nominated to name the building in nearby Eatonville, WA after the slain ranger, whom authorities say was fatally shot by Benjamin Colton Barnes, who was suspected of an earlier shooting in Seattle.
According to the report by Jeffrey P. Mayor:
The bill, H.R. 5788, would name the facility National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office. The measure awaits action in the Senate.
The legislation was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, to honor Anderson, who was shot and killed Jan. 1 while on duty at the park.
Anderson was a ranger for four years at Mount Rainier. Anderson was 34 at the time of her death.
Barnes, 24 fired on Anderson about a mile below Paradise after he'd driven through a park checkpoint. Barnes, an Iraq war veteran, was suspected of another shooting earlier in Seattle.
An extensive manhunt ensued that involved 250 personnel from a variety of agencies including Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington State Patrol and Enumclaw Police Department. Authorities found his body partially submerged in Paradise Creek above Narada Falls a day after the shooting.
The House bill to rename the Post Office must be approved by the U.S. Senate.