Friday, February 01, 2008

Unsung Hero



For the last couple of years, during the school year, Curt has had my back. Rain, shine, horribly cold conditions, it doesn't matter -- he stands guard at a busy intersection and watches over 8 to 10 kids who use that route on the way to and on the way home from the school which is a half mile away. I've written about him before.

We wave at each other every day, chat for a minute or two when we get the chance. He always hits the button for me so that I get the signal as soon as I roll up. He doesn't get paid much, if anything, to be there day after day ... but when I asked him why he does, he said he worries about the kids. Curt is one of my heros.

5 comments:

Jamie said...

You have to love people like this with an actual sense of civic pride and duty. He could sit in his house during the nasty weather and let kids try to cross on their own, but he does the right thing. Thanks for sharing this.

Dave Alexander said...

How cool is that! It's really great to see you post about him. There are so many heroes out there that continually go unsung. Bravo!

karen said...

I am a crossing guard also. I've only missed 5 days in the last eight years. (Two days back when I was hit by a car in the crosswalk a few years ago.) It was so nice to hear how you feel about your crossing guard. I think it's such a rewarding job, and I love doing it. Now you understand why I don't ride my bike when it's 5 degrees out... I stand outside for an hour once I get to work, and then the ride home. It is wonderful to be appreciated! I will ride this afternoon, as I'm over my head cold, and it's 62 degrees out! This will be ride #667 for me!

Fritz said...

What a guy. I appreciate crossing guards, too!

Jeff said...

I pass 2 crossing guards every morning. At first they thought I was nuts when the snow storms hit and I was still riding. They're pretty used to me now. I must've been a lot warmer than they were though, since I was moving a lot more! One of the guys almost always rides his bike to his corner too. I enjoy saying hello to them every morning, and they like to point out when I'm running late to work.

This is a great example of how wonderful it is to be out of the car in the morning. I enjoy the ability to interact with people.