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A amiliar and comorting presence leaves his post
Ressie Crossing Guard John Dangereld retires at 87 ater 21 years
By Roger BianchiniWarren County ReportOne amous Mr. Dangereld,Rodney, just doesn’t get any re-spect – however on Sept. 1 theFront Royal own Council andthe town police department gavea boatload o respect to anotherDangereld.Te occasion was the retire-ment o John E. Dangereld a-ter 1 years as the public schoolcrossing guard on Criser Roadin ront o Ressie Jeries El-ementary School. It was our Mr.Dangereld’s second retirement.His rst, he told us was rom a30-plus year career at AmericanViscose. In act his tenure there,ending at age 65, transcended allthree owners o what was or al-most 50 years the town’s majorprivate sector employer.But in September 011, Dan-gereld was getting his dues orhis post-Avtex retirement serviceto this community and its chil-dren.“He’s been looking over ourmost important asset – our chil-dren,” Mayor im Darr said in ac-knowledging a man he observedhe has known most o his lie.Darr said he rst encounteredDangereld when he did somework as a young man at Avtex, thenal incarnation o the AmericanViscose rayon manuacturingacility. – “But I never knew hislast name was Dangereld,” Darrsaid, adding a very respectul,“He’s a great man,” to the crossingguard’s retirement accolades.So, how does it eel to nally begetting some respect?” we asked,adding our two cents to a Rodney Dangereld reerence our ownMr. Dangereld has probably heard at least more than once toooten.“What do you mean? – I stilldon’t get none!” he replied witha good-natured laugh despite oureorts at a cheap one liner.Joking about his age – 87– Dangereld said one youngwoman – “She’s just as sweet asshe can be” – recently told him,“Pops, you’re older than Methu-selah.’“I said, ‘I am not.’ And she said,‘Well I know you are because youused to help me get across thestreet and now I have a baby inschool and you’re helping him gethome.’ ”So how many o his commu-nity’s youth does he think hehas helped homeward over thecourse o his second career as acrossing guard under the auspic-es o FRPD, we wondered.“A whole lot o them.”On a serious note, Dangereldsaid it was his age catching upwith him that led to his decisionto call it a day in ront o Ressie.“Tere comes a day in lie when you know you’ve made a mistakeand it’s your ault, so it’s time to
Mayor Tim Darr congratulates John Dangereld for 21 yearsservice protecting the children of Warren County on their way to and from school.
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