Onalaska, Wisconsin (WXOW) ----- Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat will prevent them from doing their jobs. We're not talking about postal carriers this time but school crossing guards.
Every school day they help children travel safely to and from home. In honor of Wisconsin School Guard Appreciation Week, the City of Onalaska thanked one of their crossing guards.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, nearly 1 thousand children between the ages of five and nine are killed each year in pedestrian crashes. You could say crossing guards put their lives on the line by ensuring that traffic is stopped before students step into the street.
Jon Pierce protects and serves but his weapon is a stop sign. On a day like today this intersection on Main Street near Irving Pertzsch Middle School is especially dangerous. Pamela Sharp works for the city and she says traffic comes from all directions at this intersection, that's why Jon's role is critical in keeping kids safe.
The city honored him with a cup of hot chocolate and a Kwik Trip gift card as their way of saying thank you for his service.
Jon is originally from La Crosse but has resided in Onalaska for the past 25 years.
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