Local crossing guard is in class of his own

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Posted: March 8, 2014

The Winchester Star

For 12 years, O’Brien has manned the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Main Street.
Jim O’Brien of Berryville has been a crossing guard at this location for 12 years. The Virginia Department of Transportation recognized him as one of the state’s six most outstanding crossing guards of 2013. On Friday, he helps Johnson-Williams Middle School seventh-grader Nicholas Bahamonde to cross West Main Street safely after school. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)


Every morning before his 7:30 a.m. shift, Jim O’Brien sits in his car, drinks some coffee, meditates and asks the good man above to protect him.

Around 4 p.m., he tells himself he’s…

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