Betty Soskin returns to work after attack


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.

Visitor Center

“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.



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