90-year-old Florida crossing guard celebrates last day on job

Published On: Apr 08 2013 08:36:28 AM HST
PALM BAY, Fla. -

A man known as Palm Bay's original crossing guard is hanging it up.

Friday was 90-year-old Fred Blackman last day helping kids cross the road.

Every morning Blackman could be found on the corner of Babcock Street and Dwyer Place.

"The main part of this is all the people turning right on red," said Blackman. "Those are the cars you need to watch. That's where you need to guard."

He helped Palm Bay students safely cross the road.

"I have one every morning that I have to give a hug to. He doesn't want to go to school until he has had his hug," said Blackman.

The hugs for Blackman on Friday were different.

After serving as a crossing guard for more than two decades, Blackman hung up his neon jacket and stop sign.

Blackman has advice for any future crossing guards.

"(It takes) love of children and to watch out for vehicles cause they are the ones that will give you the heartache," he said.

The former Marine turns 91 next week and said it is time to move on.

"So I walk off with all the people you knew and liked, it gives you a funny feeling," Blackman said.


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