Kris Eggle Dedication

Nov. 22, 2003
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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U.S. Park Service Ranger Kris Eggle was honored Saturday when the Visitor Center at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was renamed and dedicated as the Kris Eggle Visitor Center. Eggle, a 28 year old Park Service Ranger, was murdered August 9, 2002 in a shootout with Mexican drug dealers.

Approximately three hundred people attended the two hour dedication, over half were law enforcement officers representing federal, state and local agencies.

A stiff breeze kept Old Glory fluttering loudly above the ceremony as several government officials gave presentations and read letters from congressmen and senators from Eggle's home state of Michigan who were scheduled to attend, but unable to do so because of last minute business in congress. The head of the Park
Service told of three items found in Kris' vehicle on the day he was killed; his bible, information on wild life in the Monument, and an article about law enforcement. These three items, she explained, exemplified Kris' commitment to God, the outdoors that he loved so much, and his profession.

Representative Tom Tancredo R-CO, the immigration reform leader in the congress who sponsored the legislation honoring Kris Eggle also sent his regards.

One of the most poignant moments, in a ceremony filled with emotion, was when Bob Eggle read his son's oath of office and remarked that Kris lived his oath.

The ceremony was a moving tribute to Eggle in the beautiful setting of the monument where he worked and died. Bursting with cactus and ocotillo and purple mountains in the distance, the Visitor Center is located five miles north of the Mexican border. A bagpipe played America the Beautiful when the colors were presented. At the end of the ceremony, Kris' fellow Park Service Rangers, one of them his best friend, sang a beautiful song in his memory.

After the ceremony, Kris' mother Bonnie said privately that one of the best ways to honor her son was to continue to tell people about how he died and why.

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