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Philadelphia crossing guard, 85, retiring after 43 years

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Ben Hooper
A Philadelphia crossing guard's was honored for 43 years on the job. Photo by Johnny Adolphson/Shutterstock.com
A Philadelphia crossing guard's was honored for 43 years on the job. Photo by Johnny Adolphson/Shutterstock.com

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia crossing guard retiring at the age of 85 after 43 years on the job was honored with a City Council Citation for her service.

Willie Fullwood was given a standing ovation at her retirement party Thursday at Philadelphia Police 14th District in Germantown and officials praised her for her 43 years of service helping schoolkids cross the street.

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"We're very proud of her. We're obviously sad to lose her, such a dedicated professional, but we look forward to her having a prosperous rest of her life," Chief Inspector Carl Holmes told KYW-TV.

Fullwood was honored with a City Council Citation for her service and congratulations from Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

"It's good to be here, and I thank the community. I thank the police district for allowing me to work this long because one time I thought maybe they would have taken me off the corner because of my age, but they didn't and I'm happy about it," Fullwood told WPVI-TV.

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