Norman Runkles hugs Jean Carey. Runkles is the first recipient of the Doug Carey School Crossing Guard of the Year Award. Jean is Doug’s widow.
CLEARWATER – Norman Runkles was honored on Aug. 12 as the first recipient of the Doug Carey School Crossing Guard of the Year Award in a ceremony at the Clearwater Police Headquarters.
Runkles is one of the Clearwater Police Department employees responsible for training the crossing guards and will return to the streets on Monday, Aug. 18 when school starts.
Carey was a crossing guard who was killed while on duty May 20 at the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road. He was also a former Clearwater police officer. His widow, Jean, was in attendance at the award ceremony.