Betty Reid Soskin, 94, the oldest ranger in the National Park Service, returned to her position at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center this morning, marking a heartwarming bounce-back from a vicious home invasion in late June.
Her arrival at the visitor center, along the Richmond waterfront on Harbor Way South, was celebrated by dozens of supporters and well-wishers.
“She’s looking forward to hosting her 2 p.m. [ranger] program today, “ Superintendent Tom Leatherman of the National Park Service told the Richmond Standard. “Betty is very happy to be back and doing the work she loves.”
On June 27 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Soskin was attacked during a break-in of her second-floor Richmond apartment. Soskin was punched several times before holding off her attacker and hiding in a locked bathroom. No arrests have been made in the assault, which shook the Richmond community and received national media attention.
More than $50,000 has been raised in an online fund-raising effort to help the beloved Soskin replace the items she lost in the robbery, including a computer and other equipment. President Obama has vowed to replace the commemorative presidential coin he had awarded Soskin for being the oldest national park ranger a few months earlier.