Green Cove Springs – Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Safety Office recognized Katherine (Kate) Sasso today as the 2015 School Crossing Guard of the Year as a part of the statewide Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.
Sasso is a crossing guard at the Middleburg Elementary School in Clay County.
“On behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation I would like to recognize all guards for the hard work and dedication they perform every day protecting Florida’s school children,” said Dana Crosby, FDOT’s administrator of the Florida School Crossing Guard Training Program. “But today I also want to recognize a particular crossing guard who exemplifies that professionalism and responsibility for the safety of children.” Kate is a model guard, dedicated and dependable, who exhibits proficiency in every aspect of her job. She is highly esteemed and is legendary in this community. No doubt she has created a safer and friendlier environment at her crossing.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Colonel Craig Aldrich congratulated Sasso with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for the fabulous work she has done to achieve this award. He expressed to Sasso that there is only one given throughout the state, which is “pretty phenomenal”; and the credit goes to her and the relation she has with the kids, their parents, the school teachers and other guards. “You are an exemplary person for others to emulate. On behalf of the sheriff thank you so very much for the dedication in crossing those kids every day to and from their school.”
The presentation was a surprise for Sasso as she expected to attend a crossing guard training presentation at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office complex in Green Cove Springs. Even her husband kept the secret in order to make this a special occasion.
Following the presentation Sasso commented: “I love my job, my families. I love my children. They are the best kids in the world. I wish I could tell people how rewarding this job is; and no one can understand that unless they’ve done it. I thank you and I’m so proud to be a part of the sheriff’s department.”
Kate’s husband George commended his wife for her dedication and commitment and how she protected her kids. She would be on the job even when she didn’t feel like it, he said.
FDOT works with law enforcement agencies and provides standards and uniform training across the state to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the program.
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, “Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is an opportunity to support Florida’s crossing guards for their dedication to safety in our school communities. Our crossing guards work hard every day to make sure students travel to and from school safely, and we appreciate their commitment.”