CLEARWATER – Three school crossing guards were singled out for recognition at the 38th annual Maybelle Rollins Bradford Memorial Award Luncheon April 25 at Bascom's Chop House, 3665 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater.
Nancy Fee, Richard Kearns and Elaine Wanner received the Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award for their dedicated service to Pinellas County school children.
Freda Turner and her husband, Thomas, initiated the Maybelle Rollins Bradford Memorial Award for the Pinellas Sheriff’s School Crossing Guards 38 years ago in honor of her mother, Maybelle Rollins Bradford.
The Turners began the recognition after observing the care and concern school crossing guards displayed in their contact with children every day. Mrs. Turner continued this tradition following her husband’s death in 1980. When she died two years ago, she made arrangements through a trust to carry on the tradition in her mother’s honor.
Recipients of the annual award must meet criteria, to include attendance, care of students at their crossing, hazards at the crossing, length of service and conduct. Each recipient received a $100 check, an engraved plaque and a recognition name plate on a larger plaque that will be on display at the Sheriff’s Office.
All three award winners have been trained and certified by Florida Department of Transportation. Fee has been a state certified trainer since November 2009. Warner completed the two-day FDOT. Train the Trainer Program in February, 2012.
Fee has been a school crossing guard with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since May 2006. Currently, she works two school crossing locations, one in Oldsmar and the second in Palm Harbor. She has near perfect attendance. She is always prepared for work and in proper uniform as required, and is committed to upholding the Rules and Regulations of the agency.
Kearns has been a member of the School Crossing Guard Program since July, 2007. He works two posts for the program; his first post is located on Belcher Road at Solon Avenue for Garrison Jones Elementary School. His second post is located on Union Street at Patricia Avenue for Dunedin Middle School. He continually meets and adheres to the standards of the program.
Wanner has been a member of the School Crossing Guard Program since July, 2009. Earlier in the year, she started working on 86th Avenue for Starkey Elementary School, crossing over 30 students each shift. She then moved to her present post on Starkey Road at Walsingham Road for Walsingham Elementary School.
The PCSO School Crossing Guard Program presently has 139 crossing guards covering 187 school crossing posts for elementary, middle and one high school in the unincorporated area as well as in the contract cities of Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Madeira Beach, and Seminole.