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Placer County counts its heroes

Coins honoring community standouts honor service, exceptional acts, heroism
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The ranks of Placer County residents who have now received commemorative “hero” coins are now up to 70 after Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Two of the honorees – longtime Auburn-area volunteer leaders Virgil Traynor, with "Hero" side of the coin, and Ken Tokutomi (with the side showing the county crest) – show off the coins they received. Recipients are personally chosen by their district supervisor to recognize an act of heroism, longstanding community service, or exceptional acts that have dramatically improved or had an impact on people’s lives. Joining Tokutomi and Traynor in receiving the awards were Betty and Gary Doupnik of Loomis, C.H. Vincent of Granite Bay, Irwin Herman of Roseville and the city of Lincoln. The coin program started in 2002.