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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

90-Year-Old Crossing Guard in Brooklyn Retires After Almost 50 Years on Duty

Maggie Poston

Nationwide — Meet Maggie Poston, a 90-year-old African American female crossing guard in Brooklyn, New York City, has decided to retire after nearly five decades on duty. Poston, who started her role in 1978 when she was 44 years old, recently bid farewell to the school community.

“It is time. There is always a time for everything. So my time is up,” Poston told Fox 5 NY.

After 46 years of helping children safely cross the street at 6th Avenue and Lincoln Place, Poston has become a cherished figure in the neighborhood. She has faithfully served generations of parents and students since the era of Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

“Oh my God it breaks my heart,” expressed one parent, capturing the sentiment shared by many.

Poston’s journey to becoming a crossing guard began after she worked at the closing Montgomery Ward store in Brooklyn. A friend suggested the job, which was close to her home, and she embraced the opportunity.

“I had to make my living. I had to pay my rent. I had to eat. Buy food,” Poston recalled of her decision to take on the role.

With the school year drawing to a close, Poston has decided to retire after serving in the community for 46 years. Her dedication and warmth have left an indelible mark on the community she served for so many years.