Green Bay Crossing Guard Recognized for Helping Reunite Siblings With Mom

The Green Bay Police Department is recognizing one of their local crossing guards, who recently helped an officer reunite three lost siblings with their mother.

Tony Helminger, a crossing guard employed by Cross Safe, who was stationed at Edgewood Drive and Robinson Avenue, near Wilder Elementary School, had an unusual day on Thursday, October 20th.  After school dismissed for the day, Mr. Helminger was approached by three students — two boys and a girl — who had forgotten the direction of their new home.

“Their mom had dropped them off in the morning, and felt comfortable to let them to walk home once school was out, since she had talked to them about it. Then, when it came time for them to walk home, the kids couldn’t remember their address or which direction to go. So, I called law enforcement for help. It was important to me to keep them occupied while we waited for an officer, as I could sense that they were a bit scared,” said Tony Helminger, Cross Safe crossing guard.

“I want to personally thank Mr. Helminger for contacting us. With his help, we were able to get these children back to mom rather quickly,” said Officer Courtney Ainsworth, of the Green Bay Police Department.  

“Crossing guards have a positive impact on kids daily. This is just one example of how meaningful that they are to this community. We appreciate the dedication and trust of our crossing guards, to go above and beyond daily for all students,” said Green Bay Police Commander Kevin Warych, “Please be sure to show signs of appreciation when you see a crossing guard.”

If you have interest in becoming a crossing guard, visit the City of Green Bay’s website HERE, click on Job Openings, and scroll down to Crossing Guard.