Oldest park ranger gets new presidential coin after robbery

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Posted: Jul 18, 2016 2:25 PM

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. interior secretary presented the nation's oldest park ranger with a replacement presidential coin after one was stolen from her during an attack in her San Francisco Bay Area home.

KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/2a4Akkq ) that Secretary Sally Jewell described 94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin as tough when she surprised Soskin with the coin Sunday. They were attending a ceremony at the Concord Naval Weapon Station to honor those killed in a deadly explosion in 1944.

An intruder stole the original coin, some electronics and jewelry after breaking in to Soskin's home last month and beating her. No one has been arrested.

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

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