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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Park Ranger Margaret Anderson to be memorialized

Flags are flying at half-staff across the national park system Tuesday as friends and colleagues gather to remember Margaret Anderson, the first female park ranger killed in the line of duty.

Slain Park Ranger Margaret Anderson. (AP - AP)
Anderson was killed Jan.1 by a gunman in Mount Rainier National Park, setting off a massive manhunt for the shooter, who was later found dead.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and Gov. Christine Gregoire (D-Wash.) are scheduled to attend the memorial service this afternoon at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Salazar also has ordered the agency’s flags across the country to fly at half-staff in Anderson’s honor.

Anderson, 34, is survived by her husband, who is also a park ranger and her two young children. The National Park Foundation, a private charitable organization, has established a memorial fund to benefit Andreson’s two young children.

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