AAA Announces Top Crossing Guards of the Year

Kyrene, Amphitheater guards earn coveted title

Phoenix, Ariz., April 25, 2012.  Crossing guards play a crucial role in our community, keeping children safe as they travel to and from school.  To recognize these community stewards, AAA will honor all crossing guards—including the winners of the 2012 AAA Crossing Guard of the Year award—this Friday on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. 


“Crossing guards are unsung community heroes who ensure the safety of Arizona schoolchildren every day,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “AAA applauds all guards for their commitment to safety, and is honored to recognize the top guards in Arizona for the difference they make in the communities they serve.” 


Recipients of AAA’s Crossing Guard of the Year award demonstrate the highest level of dedication, friendliness, professionalism and safety.  For 2012, the following guards earned the coveted title: 

  • Maricopa County: Sue Turpin, Waggoner Elementary School, Tempe
  • Pima County: April LaBlue, Lulu Walker Elementary School, Tucson

“Sue’s enthusiastic and positive personality is one of the reasons why she is such a valued employee,” said Lisa Gibson, principal of Waggoner Elementary School. “She is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. Her dedication is limitless.” 


“The great thing about April is that she has made a personal commitment to every student on our campus,” said Michael McConnell, principal at Lulu Walker Elementary School. “She knows which way every child needs to go and makes sure of it every day.”


AAA Arizona began its search for the fifth annual award at the beginning of the school year. Nominations from students, parents, school administrators, staff and members of the community were received, describing why their crossing guard deserved the title. AAA traffic safety staff evaluated nominations to select finalists before conducting an observation of each guard performing their duties.  


Award recipients will receive a plaque and a $100 Target gift card, courtesy of AAA Arizona.


AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.