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Ranger Suzanne E. Roberts
Haleakala National Park

Ranger Suzanne (Suzi) E. Roberts, 36, died while attempting to remove rocks on the road in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park on Maui. She had worked at the park since April as a law enforcement ranger.
On September 14, 2004 Roberts was on duty in the Kipahulu District and on Hana Road in the Alelele area when she noticed several rocks in the middle of the road, recently fallen from an adjacent cliff. She parked the patrol car on a nearby access road to the Alelele beach area and walked down the main road to clear the rocks. While bending over to remove the rocks, she was hit in the upper back and head by a boulder in excess of three feet in diameter that fell from the cliff.

Witnesses used the radio in her cruiser to contact the NPS Pacific Area Dispatch Center. Rangers and Maui police, ambulance and fire units arrived within 15 minutes. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. She was taken by ambulance to the Hana Medical Center.

Suzi was doing what rangers do, said her supervisor, unit manager Eric Anderson. She was making the place safe for others. Roberts had served as a long-time seasonal in Rocky Mountain National Park before transferring to Haleakala this spring. She was so energetic and full of life, Anderson said. She had a lot of rangering experience and a great personality. Visitors loved her. And so did we. We feel a tremendous sense of loss.


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