Schaumburg police paid special tribute Tuesday to a little recognized, but nonetheless crucial component of public safety in the village: school crossing guards.
Police Chief Ken Bouche and officers fanned out across the community Tuesday morning to mark Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.
Sue Denys, who helps children across the intersection of Braintree Drive and Wise Road on their way to Nathan Hale Elementary School, was among the crossing guards Bouche paid a visit to Tuesday. The chief brought along balloons and a sign as a show of appreciation.
In a letter to the Daily Herald, Bouche calls crossing guards "dedicated individuals that our community relies on."
"Being a crossing guard requires special skills -- the ability to identify a potentially dangerous situation, alert cars to slow down and stop for children and to give those warm smiles and friendly hellos to make our schoolchildren feel safe," he wrote. "Our crossing guards come from different parts in their professional careers. Some are retired, some are in school ... but all of our crossing guards take their jobs very seriously for the sake of our schools."