94-year-old park ranger gets new presidential coin after robbery

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CONCORD (KRON) — 94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin who was viciously attacked in her Richmond apartment received a replacement for the commemorative coin that she had stolen from her last month.

Soskin was surprised at the Concord Naval Weapon Station on Sunday where they were honoring victims killed in the deadly 1944 explosion.

The original coin was stolen from Soskin when an intruder broke into her Richmond home. Electronics and jewelry were also stolen as the suspect beat her in the process. No one has yet to be arrested in the case.

She received the coin when she introduced President Barack Obama at the National Christmas Tree Lighting last December.

Soskin returned to work last week at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Park.

“The experience took something away from me, and I’m still trying to measure that,” she said when asked about her recovery. “And (it’s) something that can only be replaced by getting back into my routine.”

She said she has come to realize that the coin itself had little value, but that it was the memory of having the president press it into her palm that she treasured.

“After all, it’s just a coin,” she said. “The experience was irreplaceable.”The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this report.

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