Seasonal Park Ranger Jeff Christensen
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: August 3, 2005

Age:
31
Badge Number:
Years on The Job:
4
Cause of Death:
Fall


A hiker on Saturday found the body of a park ranger Jeff Christensen who had been missing for eight days in Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado, park officials and searchers who thought he might still be alive. The discovery of the body of Jeff Christensen followed what had been an intense air and ground search after the ranger didn't return from a backcountry patrol July 29, 2006. By the end of the week, more than 200 searchers were pushing through the rugged terrain, supported by dog crews and helicopters.

Eight days earlier a rescue team heard a gunshot and radio signals that may have come from the missing park ranger, the search in remote and rugged terrain continued Thursday night without a further sign. Jeff Christensen hasn't been seen since he left on what was supposed to be a routine patrol in the park's vast and rugged Mummy Range some 65 miles northwest of Denver. Rangers traveled to a part of the 26-square-mile search area after visitors reported hearing gunshots and seeing smoke. One ranger then fired his gun in a standard search tactic, and another ranger reported hearing a response shot a few minutes later.

They also heard clicking noises on their two-way radios, which may have been someone trying to communicate from a spot where the terrain blocked voice transmission. Rescuers planned to camp in the search area to lengthen the time they could work each day. More than 125 people, dog teams and a handful of helicopters worked Wednesday, with more people expected to arrive through the week. Searchers began looking for Christensen after he failed to report for work Saturday. An Oklahoma couple vacationing in Estes Park said they spoke with Christensen between noon and 1 p.m. Friday as they were coming down Mount Chiquita. Park officials were hoping to talk to other people the couple said were in the area.

The 26-square-mile search area in the Mummy Range has few designated trails and elevation ranging from 10,600 feet to more than 13,000. with terrain steep and treacherous. Christensen, who has been a ranger for four seasons, had a radio and a backpack equipped with various gear, though he hadn't been planning to spend the night in the park.
 

This undated photo provided by the family shows Rocky Mountain National Park ranger Jeff Christensen.

Dale, left, and Chris Christensen of Forest Lake, Minn., parents park ranger Jeff Christensen
   




A Rocky Mountain National Park worker weeps at the Lawn Lake trailhead after learning Jeff Christensen s body had been found. About 200 people were searching for the ranger Saturday.

Christensen, 31, grew up in Forest Lake, where he graduated from high school in 1992. He moved to Colorado after graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is survived by his parents.

Agency Information:
United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202-208-6843

 



Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Ranger Christensen. We owe you and others in your field a debt of gratitude. Working behind the scenes, with a smile and a daypack to keep our parks, wildlife and citizens safe. Have a safe journey my brother.

Deputy Sheriff, Cpl R. Berg
Larimer County Sheriffs Office
bergrt@larimer.org

Date: 08/13/2005
Time: 04:27 AM



Are prayers are with you and will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

Lt..Alex Newton
Lapeer county sheriff department explorers, MI
lcfr343@yahoo.com
www.explorers.cjb.net



To all officers: May God bless each and every Law Enforcement Officer. Our prayers are always that you all return home safely after your shift is over. We pray that one day you will get the respect that you so deserve. Be blessed!

Linda SImmons Thomas
Sister of officer; EOW 7-10-04



May you rest in Peace our brother. May God Bless you and your family and all of your Law Enforcement Family.

Not only did the Police Department lose a hero but the entire nation lost one of our finest.
God Bless America and all those who Serve And Protect worldwide.

Respectfully:
Senior Chaplain Arthur J MArtinez-DD
MASTER CHAPLAIN FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES
TEMPLE TEXAS, NEW MEXICO



My heart goes out to the family, I myself am the Ex wife of a Deputy Sheriff with 3 children. Just want her to know I'm thinking about them. And my prayers go out to the family. Also to Parents who should not be going through this. Rest In Peace.

Linda Sanchez, Covina CA
mextexincali_1@yahoo.com




I AM VERY SORRY FOR ALL THE OFFICERS THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. IT
 IS VERY SAD WHEN YOU HERE ABOUT COPS GETTING KILLED. KEEP YOUR EYES ON GOD, AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. EVERY COP IN THE U.S. ARE LIKE BROTHERS AND SISTERS
TO ME. AND AGAIN I'M SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, AND ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYES ON GOD.

BOSSIER PARISH SHERIFF OFFICE
Deputy Sheriff, THOMAS TEUTSCH

TANKERONE@BELLSOUTH.NET

WWW.BOSSIERSHERIFF.ORG



TO A BROTHER: YOU will NEVER be FORGOTTEN for you did something that no one else would do .
Rest in peace and watch over all of use walking the beat in heaven!!!!

Cdt. A/B Jordan Hickle
RPD (OHIO) and Airforce
marineboy09538@yahoo.com



I reflect, and remember:
All gave some
And some gave all
Some stood through
For the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties
And recall Some gave all. (unknown writer)

APD/Cincy Children's Hospital, KY
Officer, Joe Wilder
deputy1978@hotmail.com



I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you. I am a surviving wife and know first hand all of the emotional turmoil you must be going through. If I can be of any help please let me know. May God Bless You All.

With love, Gina Sharra-Surviving wife of Deputy Allen Sharra E.O.W 12-27-99

Gina Sharra, MI
ginasharra2002@yahoo.com
family survivor



Our thoughts and prayers are with the family they will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Panama City Police Dept.
Police Officer, James and Shannon Williams, FL



All give some but some give ALL. Our condolences to the family. You maybe 10-7 but you will NEVER be forgotten.

All SHEP members
Sterling Heights, MI Emergency Patrol
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased



US Federal Police (Retired) NV
Chief of Police, Tom Savage
copone@cox.net



My prayers are with the families of all the fallen officers

FORT WAYNE, IN CITY POLICE RETIRED
SGT IRVIN LINDSEY
sargent1934@yahoo.com



I am so sorry to hear the death of this fine and young and courageous officer and also my deeply condolences to their family. I will pray for their family to god for their safety. God have mercy on their soul.....

Private Detective
Mirza Mukarram Beg, FL
muki_71@hotmail.com



As a Law Enforcement Officer myself I am sorry to hear about the lost of one my brother or sister Law Enforcement Officer. My heart goes out to the family of all fallen Officers.

Police Officer Martin Lee
jasperpd203@yahoo.com
JASPER POLICE DEPT. FL



My prayers are with the family. My brother is a police officer that was also shot numerous times on March 27, 2004 at 10 am and was know by Kevin. I still have my brother, but lord really watched over him and still is.. I pray every night for the families GOD BLESS YOU ALL....

GOD Bless every officer, EMT, Firefighter and all.... You are in our prayers DAILY

Tracey Collins
tcollins27@bellsouth.net
Malvern, AL



It is not how hey died, but how hey lived that makes them a hero. Gone but not forgotten.

Private Security Officer
Quinn Wyse, CANADA
quinn_wyse1@hotmail.com



God bless brother/sister, continue patrol through the heaven's gate. We'll do the same out here in the City of the Angels (Los Angeles, CA).

Los Angeles Police Department, CA
Police Officer, Jeff Collado
JEPEEDY@HOTMAIL.COM




Rest in peace, god protect you and your family

Sergeant Kevin Young, NYCPD
kpyoun29@verizon.net



To My Fallen Law Enforcement Brother there are many men and woman, who will arise to the occasion of "Keeping America's Highway's Safe." "God will be there for your family, trust me," So, I say to you now that you have the best job now of being a "Highway Trooper for Heaven, Protecting God's Highways To Him."

Mark Scott
Private Security Officer, CA
yodatwolf@yahoo.com



I'm really sorry, when a police officer dies a guard angel dies too. Molly live forever in the mind of all
cops of the world (and every cops fallen in action). Edgar Solera Ex sergeant of police
(Costa Rica, Guardia Civil)

Government Agent, Guardia Civil, Costa Rica
Edgar Solera
edgarsoleramontero@yahoo.com



Our prayers are with the family

US Federal Police (Retired) NV
Chief of Police, Tom Savage
copone@cox.net




My deepest sympathy and prayers are with the family.

Fred Cog
Bailiff, NY




I am sorry for the deep loss to the family, friends and comrades.

US Federal Police (Retired) NV
Chief of Police, Tom Savage
copone@cox.net



The easiest way for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing....Edmund Burke. There are people who think that we do the job to be heroes, or for personal gain. They could never understand that it is about the person next to you.

Reserve Officer, Sergeant Aaron King
Josephine County Sheriffs Office, OR
akingermx@hotmail.com



It is abundantly clear that ALL of your fallen officers shared a common thread - they were of the highest caliber yet modest and unassuming in the approach of their duties. I believe that for as long as such
men and women patrol your streets with such commitment and professionalism, then you have much to be proud of. My heart goes out to all the bereaved families, but be assured, there is someone in "every" corner of the world who cares!

Don W.
Howling@thesilverymoon.fsnet.co.uk
Wildlife Protection Ranger (UK)
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom



May your family find peace and strength.  I know how it feels to lose a family member in the line of duty.  My prayers are with you.  They will be blessed for all that they did for us while they were here and now they can all watch over us.

Lauren, LA
summer8219@hotmail.com




Your job on earth is done and you are safely in God's hands. You are now our guardian angel who watches over us in heaven. Your family and fellow officers are in our prayers. God bless.

Beverly "Jake" Smith, Retired Reserve Officer
Gainesville Police Dept. FL
smithbc@ci.gainesville.fl.us



Walk tall, walk tall and protect us from above with honor and dignity. May you lead the charge for
citizens right in heaven as you did here on earth


Darrell Thompson
Privet Security Officer St. Clair Co. MI,
Community College Campus Patrol #14
darrell@policespecial.com
www.sc4.edu



Rest in peace, and
may God allow him to keep watch over us on earth while he patrols his beat
in heaven.
Our prayers go out to the Officer's Department family and friends. May they all find peace in their hearts soon.

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