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National Park Rangers
Killed in the line of Duty

As Americans we all have the opportunity to enjoy our National parks. Most of us have been lucky enough to visit at least one of these parks and probably even had some interaction with the park rangers. Many of us, including myself, even grew up hoping to become a park ranger some day. However, very few of us realize the dangers faced by rangers while on duty. Unfortunately several have been killed while protecting our natural resources or the visitors to these national parks. I hope this page will in some small way pay tribute to these fallen rangers for the jobs they were doing for all of us. 

The following list is not complete, information is limited. I will add additional Rangers as that information becomes available to me. If any of the information is incorrect or if you know of a ranger not listed please e-mail me at

The Rangers:
  • Jeff Christensen - 31, Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado July 29, 2005
  • Suzanne Roberts - 36, Haleakala National Park, Sept. 2004
  • Tom O’Hara - 41, Katmai National Park & Preserve plane crash in December 2002.
  • Kris Eggle - 28, Organ Pipe National Monument in 2002.
  • Cale Shaffer - 25, Denali National Park, Alaska, plane crash on Mt McKinley, June 19, 2000.
  • Steve Makuakae-Jarrell - 47, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii 1999.
  • Joe Kolodski - 36, Great Smoky Mountain National Park in 1998
  • Michael A. Beaulieu - Seasonal Park Ranger Michael A. Beaulieu, 23, was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a wildfire call in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. Monday, August 26, 1996
  • Randy Morgenson - 54, Sequoia-Kings Canyon NPs, drowned while on solo backcountry patrol in July, 1996
  • Ryan Waltman - 23, Yellowstone NP. July 1994
  • Robert Mahn Jr. - 51, Yellowstone NP. January 1994
  • Robert Lewis McGhee Jr. - Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1990.
  • Duane P. McClure - 35, drowned during a solo canoe patrol in Yellowstone, May 1980.
  • Ward W. Hall - automobile accident Grand Canyon National Park. July 16, 1979
  • Gregory Burdine - 25, died in an accident while pursuing a vehicle for speeding in the Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia. November 26, 1977
  • James P. Fleetwood - automobile accident. July 5 1077
  • Kenneth Patrick - 40, Point Reyes National Seashore in 1973.
  • John C. Fonda - Drown, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. March 9, 1960
  • Gale H. Wilcox - hypothermia, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. March 9, 1960
  • Charles R. Scarborough - Assistant Chief Ranger Charles R. Scarborough was killed in a rock slide in Yosemite National Park, June 21, 1954
  • Karl Andrew Jacobson - 22, Acadia National Park November 13, 1938
  • Fred Johnson - drown in the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Arizona. February 20, 1929
  • James Alexander Cary - 31, shot by bootleggers Hot Springs National Park. March 12, 1927

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