Month: April 2016

Stolen Challenge Coins Returned

Two months ago, Portillo said someone walked into her shop and swiped a group of Challenge coins out of her display case. Veterans typically keep the coins in their pocket, as part of a challenge to prove their service. Other people keep custom Challenge coins to honor loved ones killed in the line of duty. “I really thought that I wouldn’t see them again,” Portillo said. “However, the support from The Riverbank News, the Sheriff’s department and the community of Riverbank demonstrated the strength and courage of what America is all about and I couldn’t be any more proud...

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Folsom Police Officer’s Stop Leaves Big Impression On Boys

It was a sun-soaked afternoon when Folsom Police Sgt. Lou Wright spotted the subjects on a quiet street in a picturesque neighborhood. He knew he had to made a move. Even though the 11-year veteran had no prior contact with the individuals, his officer instinct told him to zero-in on what was happening. The focus of his attention was three males who were moving about wildly right about here, and they were passing something back and forth, sometimes tossing it up into the air. … “I approached them and I said give me the ball, let me play with...

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Local Heroes Honored for Saving Police Officer

The risk of personal injury never crossed three men’s minds as they raced to help a police officer who was being assaulted last week. Sharpe and Whitesell are both certified first aid attendants on their worksite, but none of them knew what they were getting into when they rushed over. “Being a first-aid attendant I was responding to an accident and everything that transpired,” said Sharpe. “That was me just trying to help.” “I actually thought someone might have been hit, a pedestrian at the crosswalk, and I’m first aid on site as well with Jake (Sharpe), and that’s...

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116th Submarine Ball Coins Bear Distinct Influence

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – Members of the silent service may not speak much about what happens on mission or on patrol, but they will be celebrating their profession at the 116th Submarine Ball hosted by the Pacific Submarine Force on Apr. 15 and 16, 2016.   This year’s coin features nautical Hawaiian motifs. “Diamond Head is a bearing marker for navigating home to Pearl Harbor,” said Bona. “The black and white Polynesian lines around the outside are not random either. They are an ancient Polynesian symbol for ocean navigation.” Read the full story and design process...

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A Peek Inside Brad Paisley’s Challenge Coin Collection

This time last year, Paisley was asked to hop on Air Force One with the president and head over to Afghanistan to play and thank the troops before Memorial Day. After successfully completing that top secret mission, he received a military challenge coin, a token that could potentially earn him a free drink at any bar for life — somewhat ironic, since the star is actually a teetotaler.   “One of my favorite things I have is a military coin,” Paisley proudly says. “I’ve got everything from the coin from the commander of Air Force One to the president,...

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