School crossing guard resigns after six years of service
For the past six years, Mindy Krall has faced harsh weather, unkind drivers and one of the most dangerous intersections in Park City to ensure the children of Prospector made it to school safely.
Last Friday, Krall worked her last shift as the crossing guard on the corner of Kearns Boulevard and Comstock Drive. She is moving to Hilton Head Island, S.C., with her husband, Brian, and two kids, Taylor and Hailey.
"I just wanted a change," Krall said. "And a little warmer climate."
The job has been in the family for the past 11 years. Her husband was the crossing guard for five years before her, and back then, there weren’t any stoplights.
"Mindy has been terrific," Park City Police Capt. Phil Kirk said. "It’s an important role, especially in such a high-traffic area."
For Krall, the best parts of the job were the kids and the parents.
"There’s just something about being the first smile of the day parents would see," she said.
Krall worked closely with the Police Department, letting officers know about problems, helping them with safety assemblies for schools, and working with kindergarteners to practice the right way to cross a street.
"There’s a lot more to it than just crossing kids," Kirk said. "She handled it when people got sick and we needed subs, and she trained new crossing guards."
Of course, the job wasn’t all kids and smiles. "Sometimes you would get blamed for traffic," she said. "People calling out the window to put the kids in larger groups."
A major problem, Krall said, was people in their cars talking on cell phones while inside the school zone. She said people run red lights four or five times a day.
"We have had quite a few close calls. It can be very intense," Krall said.
"Kids and fast cars just don’t mix," Greta Andreini, one of the crossing guards replacing Krall, said.
Andreini lives in Prospector and has been taking her kids to the crosswalk for the past nine years. Krall trained Andreini and another new crossing guard, Jamie Shaw, for more than two weeks to take over for her.
Krall was presented with a certificate and Police Department sweat shirt on Friday in honor of her dedication and exceptional service to the city.
"You’re going to live a little farther away, but can we still count on you as backup?" Kirk joked.
"I felt so honored today," Krall said. "I cried on the way home."
Mindy said she will miss the people of Park City and wanted to say thank you to the city, which has been her home most of her life.
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