Flagstaff Vet In The Running For 'America’s Favorite Crossing Guard'
We all have someone from elementary school that we remember: a teacher, a lunch lady, or even a crossing guard.
Billy Weldon — or Mr. Billy as the kids call him — is one of those people. He’s a crossing guard at Marshall Magnet Elementary School in Flagstaff, and he’s been nominated for "America’s Favorite Crossing Guard."
“Kinda overwhelmed. I don’t like the recognition, but it’s pretty neat," said Weldon. "All of Flagstaff has jumped in on this bandwagon and it’s really kinda fun. All the little kids are going crazy and the parents and it’s just a lot of fun.”
Thirteen years ago, the principal asked her friend Mr. Billy if he’d volunteer for one afternoon. Afterward, he asked if he could do it again and as he says, the rest is history.
Since then he has helped students pre-K to fifth grade cross the street every morning and every afternoon, but he’s also extended his involvement at the school. He says that anything he can volunteer for, he makes sure he’s there.
Before this, Mr. Billy served time in the Vietnam War, and had careers in both sales and construction. But he says, this one takes the cake.
“I’ve had a lot of jobs and done a lot of things in my lifetime, but this is the most rewarding job and I look forward to it every morning and every afternoon. I’m 72 years old, and it gives me energy, and I just love it," he said.
Weldon is one of five finalists for America’s Favorite Crossing Guard award. The winner’s school gets a pep rally and $500 worth of new crossing guard gear. A winner will be announced next week.