As Susan Christian Goulding writes, Francine Petress is a beloved crossing guard in the Pioneer community, committed to keeping her young pedestrians safe. But Petress, 72, learned just how much she means to her kids after her car was totalled in an accident.
The crash, caused by another driver’s illegal u-turn, resulted in some pretty serious injuries. Yet Petress still came to work the next morning, and her biggest worry was replacing her ’97 Camry with the modest check promised by her insurance company.
That’s when a group of seventh-grade girls from Pioneer jumped into action.