The nation’s oldest park ranger was beaten in her Richmond, California home by an intruder, who also stole a special commemorative coin given to her by President Obama.
Betty Reid Soskin, a 94-year-old U.S. park ranger, was attacked just after midnight on Monday when she woke up in her apartment in Richmond’s Hilltop area and found the stranger in her bedroom, police said.
“I fully expected he was going to kill me. He doubled up his fist and hit me a couple of times on the sides of my face with all his might,” Soskin told KTVU.
“Nothing else I could think of was to scream and scream and scream,” Soskin told the TV station.
Police say the thief stole her cellphone, iPad, laptop, camera, jewelry and the coin the president gave her to honor her achievements. Soskin introduced him at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the White House last December.
“If I can get that coin back, I think I can forgive anything,” she told KTVU.
Well she’s not going to get the 1st coin back, but the President said he’s sending her another!
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told Obama what happened, and the president sent word back that he will send Soskin another commemorative coin bearing the presidential seal, said Tom Leatherman, superintendent of the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, where Soskin works.