Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Patrol Operations Bureau
-School Crossing Guard Unit
2012 Maybelle Rollins Award Recipients:
School Crossing Guard Dawn Pecora
School Crossing Guard Frederick King
School Crossing Guard Donald Manley
What: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is set to honor school crossing guards during School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Three school crossing guards will receive the Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award for dedicated service to the children of Pinellas County. �
Also, for the first time, a school crossing guard will receive the “Courage Award” for exemplary strength in overcoming an illness and returning to work.
In addition, 27 school crossing guards will receive their badges for completion of their initial Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) certification; others will receive perfect attendance and crossing guard of the month awards.
Where: The Crossing Guard Appreciation Day event will be held at the Elks Lodge # 1525 located at 1240 San Christopher Drive in Dunedin.
When: The School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day activities start at 8:30 a.m. with the awards presentations set to take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February, 3, 2012.
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 37 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 last year, 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.
Ms. Pecora has been a school Crossing Guard for five years. She became an F.D.O.T. state certified trainer in 2010. Currently, Dawn works two school crossing locations in the Largo and Seminole area. She has near perfect attendance and works diligently to keep the student pedestrians safe. One of her school crossings had its challenges with parking, traffic and neighborhood concerns. Dawn has always handled herself in a professional manner when dealing with the school, public and community.
Mr. King has been a member of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since 2002. Presently, he is working the very challenging school crossing post on Alt 19 at Tampa Road. He provides coverage for two schools; Ozona Elementary School crossing over 50 students morning and afternoon and Palm Harbor Middle School crossing 12 students morning and afternoon. Fred knows all his students and parents by name and can even remember the sports the students participate in.�
Mr. Manley has been a member of the school crossing guard program since 2005. He works the very challenging school crossing post located on Union Street at Patricia Avenue for Dunedin Middle School. Due to the high number of students utilizing this crossing, the guards must be alert and attentive to all that is going on around them. Don has had to deal with several gang fights, gunfire in the area and a student being shot by a BB gun.
At 10:00 a.m. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will present the Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award recipients; and present the school crossing guard badges to the guards who have most recently completed their initial FDOT certification. The courage, perfect attendance and crossing guard of the month awards will follow
The PCSO School Crossing Guard Program presently has 131 crossing guards covering 166 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.