To David Becker, working as a crossing guard is about much more than safely directing kids across the street. He wants to make sure they know they’re cared for.
On Monday morning, while directing traffic—both vehicle and foot traffic—in front of Blue Ridge Middle School, he offered high fives and “good mornings” to students as they passed.
It’s his caring demeanor that won him the title of one of Virginia’s Outstanding Crossing Guards of the Year. Becker is one of seven crossing guards that Virginia Department of Transportation honored with the title for the current school year.
Becker recently retired as a firefighter. He was born and raised in Loudoun and was one of the county’s 12 original paid firefighters.
Nominations for Becker came in from parents and staff at Blue Ridge Middle School and Emerick Elementary School, where he mans the crosswalks each school day.
Blue Ridge Principal Brion Bell said even though he encounters students for just a few minutes, he makes a big difference in their days.
“His kindness and light-hearted nature helps each child he crosses start his or her day with a smile,” Bell said. “He not only keeps them safe from motorists, he conveys that he cares for how their day starts and ends. He is positive with passing motorists as well. He exemplifies our one community, what you do matters attitude.”
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, which staffs the positions, is always looking for more crossing guards. Currently, there are vacancies at five local schools: Ball’s Bluff and Catoctin elementary schools in Leesburg; Mill Run and Hillside elementary schools in Ashburn; and Sterling Elementary School. The pay ranges from $14.76-$19.18 per hour. Apply online at sheriff.loudoun.gov.
Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is Wednesday, Feb. 14.