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Supervisors Honor Six County Citizens

December 15, 2010

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday honored six local citizens, one posthumously, in recognition of their acts of heroism, longstanding community service, or exceptional acts that have dramatically improved or impacted people’s lives. Each was honored with a commemorative coin.

The coins were presented during the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting held in the County Administrative Center in Auburn.

District 1 Supervisor F.C. “Rocky” Rockholm chose Capt. Rick Edgar of the Roseville Fire Department as one of his two coin recipients. Capt. Edgar has been actively involved in charities for much of his 25-year tenure with the City of Roseville. He has been chairman of the Roseville Firefighters Charities for 18 years and is a founding member of both the Roseville Firefighters Golf Tournament and the “Santa’s Elves” charitable organizations.

“Capt. Rick Edgar is someone I look up to and admire,” said Rockholm in comments during the coin presentation. “He continues to serve the city of Roseville and Placer County.”

Martha R. Riley, a long-time Roseville resident, was also a District 1 coin recipient. She is a former Roseville City Councilmember, and has held many other commission and board positions that have benefitted the entire community. Because of her civic work, in 2007, Roseville named its third library the “Martha Riley Community Library.”

“She has volunteered her time for the institutions that benefit her community,” said Rockholm.

Supervisor F.C. "Rocky" Rockholm and Rick Edgar . Supervisor F.C. "Rocky" Rockholm and Martha R. Riley

District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt honored Kris Knutson, a principal and teacher in the Sheridan Elementary School, as a coin recipient. Mr. Knutson has worked hard to enhance the Sheridan community, through both his charitable works and his support of Sheridan School. He is a strong civic leader and has had a positive impact on the school.

“When you need help to benefit the children of Sheridan,” said Weygandt, “Kris is the person you want to talk to.”

District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes honored Linda Bernice Durham because of her outstanding dedication to her students, their families, the business community and local nonprofit organizations in Placer County, through her 34-year career at the Placer County Office of Education. A life-long Auburn resident and long-time business owner, Linda Bernice Durham, has assisted more than 2,000 students through the work with the Office of Education.

“She certainly qualifies as an unsung hero to countless people in Placer County,” said Holmes in his comments about Durham.

Supervisor Robert Weygandt and Kris Knutson Coin Awardee Linda Bernice Durham and Supervisor Jim Holmes.

United States Marine Corps Pfc. Victor Dew, a Granite Bay native, is the coin recipient from District 4 Supervisor Kirk Uhler. Dew graduated from Granite Bay High School in 2008 and enlisted in the Marines in March, 2009... Dew deployed to Afghanistan on Sept. 27, 2010. He was killed in action on Oct. 13, 2010 and is being honored posthumously. Dew died from injuries sustained in hostile action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Dew’s parents, Tom and Patty Schumacher, accepted the award.

“It is my great honor to posthumously award this to Private First Class Victor Dew for his service to others,” said Uhler, “and for his sacrifice to his country.”

Taylor Starks, who is 10 years old, was awarded a coin by District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. Taylor attends Auburn Elementary School and was honored because of quick, life-saving actions in November of this year. During an overnight visit with her grandmother, Taylor recognized that the symptoms her grandmother was showing (neck, back and chest pains) could be signs of a heart attack. Despite her grandmother’s protestations, Taylor insisted on calling 911. After emergency personnel arrived at the home, they determined the grandmother, Carol Vinson, was indeed having a heart attack. She was transported to an area hospital. Taylor’s actions likely save her grandmother’s life.

“I’m so honored today to give you this award,” said Montgomery during the presentation ceremonies. “You truly are a heroine.”

Supervisor Kirk Uhler with Victor Dew's family, parents Patty and Tom Schumacher and their son, Kyle. Taylor Starks and Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. 
The coins were presented during the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting held in the County Administrative Center in Auburn.

The Commemorative Coin Program was created by the Placer County Board of Supervisors in December, 2002. Each county supervisor has the opportunity to award a coin recipient who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Contributed longstanding service to Placer County or to a resident thereof;
  • Sacrificed a combination of time and talent to Placer County or a resident thereof;
  • Went beyond the call of duty to save a life;
  • Voluntarily performed the act of heroism and was not paid for the act;
  • Participated in a rarely told or reported feat; or
  • Dramatically improved and/or impacted a life.