Twenty years ago, with a granddaughter at Canton Intermediate School, Sue Fitzgerald took on the job of crossing guard. Still she gets up at 6:30 a.m. every school day and performs her duties.
“I’ve never left it,” she said. “It’s my daily wake-up call.”
Wednesday morning, Superintendent Kevin Case, CIS Principal Kevin Hanlon and a couple students surprised Fitzgerald with flowers and a card.
“We’re grateful for Sue’s service for the past 20 years — helping to keep our students safe,” Case said.
Fitzgerald is a police department employee and Chief Christopher Arciero echoed the praise.
“Sue Fitzgerald has been a dedicated and reliable employee as part of the overall safety plan for Canton’s school children," Arciero said. "Her consistent presence has been and continues to be a welcome sight for parents and school children.”
Fitzgerald said it’s a lot of fun to see the kids grow up — from watching them timidly crossing on their way to school to driving through years later.
“I’ve seen them come and go,” she said.
For the past five years, Fitzgerald’s husband Bill has driven her to the corner of Simonds and Dyer avenues, where he parks to the side of the road and provides back-up.
The couple has lived in Canton, near the school, for 50 years. They have six children, six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.