The nation’s oldest park ranger was beaten in her Richmond home by a man who broke in and robbed her of a special commemorative coin given to her by President Obama, who sent word to her boss Thursday that he will replace the prized keepsake.
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.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell informed Obama of the shocking crime, 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.
“It’s pretty disturbing,” Leatherman said of the attack on Soskin. “It’s been pretty emotional for all of us who work with Betty.”