Six Placer County residents honored

Honorees include fallen Marine Victor Dew, Rick Edgar and Martha Riley
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Two months after his death, U.S. Marine Victor Dew was honored by the Placer County Board of Supervisors Dec. 14. The board recognized six local citizens for their heroism, longstanding community service or exceptional acts that dramatically improved or impacted people’s lives. Each recipient was honored with a commemorative coin presented during the regular supervisors meeting held in Auburn. District 4 Supervisor Kirk Uhler presented the coin to Patty and Tom Schumacher, the parents of Dew. The Marine deployed to Afghanistan Sept. 27 of this year and was killed Oct. 13 in the Helmand province when a roadside bomb exploded near his military vehicle. He was one of four Marines killed in the explosion. Dew, a Granite Bay High School graduate, died at 20 years old and left behind his fiancée, Courtney Gold. "It is my great honor to posthumously award this to Private First Class Victor Dew for his service to others,” Uhler said. “And for his sacrifice to his country.” District 1 Supervisor Rocky Rockholm chose Capt. Rick Edgar of the Roseville Fire Department as one of his two coin recipients. Edgar has been actively involved in charities for much of his 25-year tenure with the City of Roseville. He chaired the Roseville Firefighters Charities for 18 years and is a founding member of the Roseville Firefighters Golf Tournament and the “Santa’s Elves” charitable organizations. “Capt. Rick Edgar is someone I look up to and admire,” Rockholm said. “He continues to serve the City of Roseville and Placer County.” Longtime Roseville resident Martha Riley was also a District 1 coin recipient. The former Roseville City councilwoman has held many commission and board positions through the years. Because of her civic work, Roseville named its third library, in 2007, the Martha Riley Community Library. “She has volunteered her time for the institutions that benefit her community,” Rockholm said. District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt honored Kris Knutson, a teacher and former principal at Sheridan Elementary School. District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes honored Linda Bernice Durham, who has worked at the Placer County Office of Education for 34 years. District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery awarded a coin to 10-year-old Taylor Starks, who attends Auburn Elementary School. He performed a quick, life-saving action in November when he called 911 after seeing his grandmother show signs of a heart attack. The Placer County Board of Supervisors created the Commemorative Coin Program in December 2002 to recognize people who contribute to the community, go beyond the call of duty to save a life, voluntarily perform an act of heroism, participate in a rarely reported feat or dramatically improve another’s life. ~ Sena Christian