Crossing guard Lucy Hembrough chats with one of the students from William F. Davidson Elementary.

On guard for the kids for a quarter-century

Lucy Hembrough has been making streets safer for students at William F. Davidson Elementary for 25 years.

Armed with only a stop sign and a fluorescent vest, Lucy Hembrough has been watching over the students at William F. Davidson Elementary for 25 years.

The 65-year-old crossing guard makes sure students get to and from the Guildford school – located in the 9900-block of 156 Street – safe and sound twice a day, from 7:50-8:50a.m. and again from 2-2:45 p.m., rain or shine.

After some encouragement from a friend many years ago, the stay-at-home mom decided to give back to her community and volunteer, “and that was 25 years ago and I’m still doing it,” she says. “I just love it, I love the kids.”

And now she’s watching over the children of kids she helped two decades ago.

Some students even come back to visit once they have moved on to high school. Every year, Hembrough attends the elementary school graduation as well.

“I don’t like it when it’s over (the school year),” she says. “I know we’re going on holiday, but the last day of school is always sad.”

Most drivers are good she says but the odd driver gets frustrated with the slow speed and honks or waves an angry fist.

But the energetic senior never seems to get flustered and has no retirement plans just yet.

“I plan on doing this as long as I can,” she says. “Who knows, I could be here another 25 years.”

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