Reported by Tracy Sadeghian
JACKSONVILLE, FL (June 6, 2012) - The 336 crossing guards who keep our kids safe as they attend Duval County schools were honored for their service at the JSO’s 19th
annual School Crossing Guard and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
The gloves being modeled by Crossing Guard Winifred Greene who was injured in the line of duty in March 2012.
The crossing guards learned they will receive an important piece of equipment - reflective gloves - to help them do their jobs, thanks to attorney Wayne Hogan, President of the Terrell Hogan Law Firm, who sponsored the luncheon. Each crossing guard will receive a pair when school begins on August 20th.
“You have one of the most important and dangerous jobs in public service,” Hogan said. “We want to help protect you in your jobs and stay safe on the roads. I hope these gloves will help,” he said. By their response to the news, it was clear the crossing guards thought they would be a big help.
And the gift couldn’t come soon enough. One crossing guard honored at the luncheon was struck from behind by a car as she returned to the curb after helping a child cross the street. It happened three months ago. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured.
“Every day you place yourselves at risk. You do it because you love these kids. You’re their role models,” said Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford. “We are grateful for all that you do and appreciate the support we received today from attorney Wayne Hogan,” he said.
Several hundred attended Tuesday’s luncheon at the Fraternal Order of Police Headquarters. Awards were given for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.