By James Brooks, Community Services Officer (Police Department)
If you have ever been to Broad and Spring Streets during rush hour, then you have seen Janet Haines at work. Haines has been a crossing guard near the St. James School for more than 48 years. During her tenure she has safely escorted three generations of students to and from school. She says that her dedication to her job comes from, “the smiles on everyone’s faces when I wave to people,” and she offers a white glove salutation to any commuter along her path.
On May 2, Janet Haines was honored by Mayor Dave Tarter for her outstanding contribution to the City. Chief of Police Mary Gavin emphasized the importance of invaluable employees like Haines: “Her long standing dedication is only one of the reasons why is she a valued employee of the Police Department and a gem to The Little City. I can always count on her for quality service to our young students.”
In addition to her daily crossing guard duties, Haines voluntarily clears her area of any trash and debris to ensure the health and safety of the students.
“It’s a great place to work,” Haines said.
The Little City is lucky to have such a dedicated and caring individual protecting our students.