2006-07-06 / Other News

Unsung Heroes - School Crossing Guards - Are Honored

By Charles Rogers

Crossing guards, along with their supervisor Police Officer Richard Varipapa (left, rear), gathered together for brief ceremony last week.
Crossing guards, along with their supervisor Police Officer Richard Varipapa (left, rear), gathered together for brief ceremony last week.

Usually the phrase "...Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" would pertain to mail carriers, but one must paraphrase when speaking of one other contingent of special heroes: school crossing guards.

Usually, they are not noticed much, except by wayward drivers who might be soundly reprimanded when making a turn in front of a child crossing the street. But the local group of crossing guards - those who guard School District 18 schools under the guidance of the 69th Precinct were definitely noticed last week in a positive manner when officials at the precinct decided to show their appreciation to them for their hard work - in rain and snow and sleet and, well, maybe not dark of night - to see that local youngsters get to and from school safely.

Police Officer Richard Varipapa, who supervises the guards on a daily basis, gathered them on June 27, and, on behalf of Captain Ralph Monte-forte, commanding officer of the 69th precinct, honored them and congratulated them for a job "well done" during the recent school year.

Being heralded for their many years of continuing service were Crossing Guards Rose Lynch, left - 25-plus years, Antoinette Long - 20-plus years; and Dorothy Helmes - 20-plus years. They all say they "love" what they're doing: Helping the kids and serving the community. Thank you, ladies!
Being heralded for their many years of continuing service were Crossing Guards Rose Lynch, left - 25-plus years, Antoinette Long - 20-plus years; and Dorothy Helmes - 20-plus years. They all say they "love" what they're doing: Helping the kids and serving the community. Thank you, ladies!

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