VIDEO: Nation’s oldest park ranger, Betty Soskin receives Congressional award


RICHMOND (KRON) — The nation’s oldest park ranger, Betty Reid Soskin, was awarded a Congressional Record statement on Friday morning.

In honor of National Park Service Ranger Betty Reid Soskin’s courage and determination throughout her life and most recently during a home invasion, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) presented her with a Congressional Record statement at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic in Richmond on Friday morning.


Ms. Soskin served as a file clerk for the Boilermakers Union A-36 during World War II, an all-African American union auxiliary, and is the nation’s oldest Park Ranger.



The Congressional Record, the official record of the United States Congress, has been published daily since 1873.

Soskin was named California Woman of the Year in 1995.

In 2015, Soskin received a presidential coin from President Obama after she lit the National Christmas tree at the White House.

In June, Soskin was the victim of a brutal home invasion and robbery. She was injured and the presidential coin was stolen, but Soskin recovered and returned to work just weeks after the attack and President Obama replaced the coin.

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