Pasco Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that School Crossing Guard David Peterson was named Florida’s 2022 School Crossing Guard of the Year Award by the Florida Department of Transportation last week. SCG Peterson is currently assigned to Starkey Ranch K-8 School in Odessa. This school is one of the busiest in Pasco County, with SCG Peterson helping over 500 students a day cross to school safely and with a positive attitude. Additionally, SCG Peterson reaches out to area preschools, offering to provide safe crossing presentations to students transitioning to elementary school next school year. SCG Peterson builds relationships with students, their parents and guardians and school staff to ensure everyone makes it and from school safely.
SCG Peterson radiates with positivity. His passion for safety for students, their families and his fellow SCGs shines through in his work daily. No matter what the Florida weather brings, SCG Peterson always shares a kind smile with all. SCG Peterson looks at each shift not as work, but as an opportunity to teach, mentor and instill good crossing habits for life. His joy captures the attention of all who come to cross, enabling SCG Peterson to not only help everyone cross safely but also teach the importance of good safety practices that stick with them.
PSO School Crossing Guards and Traffic Control Officers play an extremely important role in our community. They help students travel school routes safely and ensure drivers are cautious in school zones. PSO is proud of the work of these integral members, including School Crossing Guard of the Year, David Peterson.