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'They are almost like my own': Local crossing guard beloved by the community

Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 17, 2020

WAUWATOSA — A Wauwatosa crossing guard is feeling the love from the community after they surprised him with Christmas cards and sang him Merry Christmas.

During the week, John Kummer monitors the intersection on Wisconsin Avenue and Honey Creek Parkway, making sure the children get to school safely. John said the roadway can be busy with cars flying down the street.

“It’s like the Daytona 500 here,” said John.

That is why he takes his job seriously to make sure the kids and their parents are protected as they walk to school.

“They are almost like my own, they really are,” said John.

The parents and kids know him by name and although John has only been a crossing guard there for a few months, he said the community has made him feel like family.

“The kids, the kids are just fantastic. The parents have almost adopted me, I would say,” said John

A few days ago, the kids and parents made Christmas cards for the crossing guard and sang him Merry Christmas. John teared up as he expressed what that meant to him.

“You can give me all the money in the world, but things like that mean more to me, you know,” said John.

To the parents, said John is an important part of the community because of how much he cares about protecting the children.

“Even though there is a crosswalk, inattentive and reckless drivers often create very dangerous situations. This is why John is so important. He understands how much we love our children and he wants to protect them and keep them safe. He is our eyes to watch over them and our arms to protect them when we are not there to protect our kids. We are blessed to have him,” said parent Matthew Babcock.

John said to him, this is the best job he has ever had.

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