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13-084 Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office To Honor School Crossing Guards At 38th Annual Maybelle Rollins Bradford Memorial Award Luncheon

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-School Crossing Guard Unit

2013 Maybelle Rollins Award Recipients:
School Crossing Guard Nancy Fee
School Crossing Guard Richard Kearns
School Crossing Guard Elaine Wanner

What:  Three Pinellas County school crossing guards will receive the Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award for dedicated service to the children of Pinellas County. 

When:  Thursday, April 25th 2013 at 12:00 p.m.


Bascom’s Chop House

3665 Ulmerton Road

Clearwater, Fl.


Three outstanding Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guards will receive the Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award for their dedicated service to Pinellas County school children. 

Mrs. Freda Turner and her husband, Mr. Thomas Turner 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. Mrs. Turner, who passed away two years ago, made arrangements through a trust to carry on the tradition in her mother’s honor. 

The recipients will be recognized for meeting several criteria, to include attendance, care of students at their crossing, hazards at the crossing, length of service and conduct. Each recipient will receive 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.

The following school crossing guards will be honored this year:

Nancy Fee

Nancy Fee has been a school crossing guard with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since May 2006.  She is F.D.O.T. trained and certified.  She became an F.D.O.T. state certified trainer in November, 2009.  Nancy has near perfect attendance.  She is always prepared for work and in proper uniform as required.  Nancy is committed to upholding the Rules and Regulations of the agency. 

Currently, Nancy works two school crossing locations, one in Oldsmar and the second in Palm Harbor.

Richard Kearns

Richard has been a member of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guard Program since July, 2007.  He is an F.D.O.T. certified school crossing guard who continually meets and adheres to the standards of the program.  Richard 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.

Elaine Wanner

Elaine has been a member of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guard Program since July, 2009.  Elaine is an F.D.O.T. certified school crossing guard who meets and adheres to the standards of the program.  Additionally, Elaine completed the 2 day F.D.O.T. Train the Trainer Program in February, 2012.

Earlier in the year, Elaine started working on 86th Avenue for Starkey Elementary School, crossing over 30 students each shift.  Elaine 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.

The media is invited to cover. Please contact the Sheriff’s Public Information Office at (727) 582-6221 with any questions.

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