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Purcellville crossing guard awarded for service

Dave Becker Courtesy Photo/LCPS
A Loudoun crossing guard has been recognized for his service with the Most Outstanding Crossing Guard Award.

Dave Becker was honored with the award by the Virginia Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program. Becker was selected from 76 candidates nominated from across Virginia.

As a crossing guard, Becker exceeds expectations in kindness, safety, and consistency and people remark that he makes kids feel cared for as they start and end their day, according to a VDOT announcement. He's also known to wave to commuters and parents driving past. Becker is always smiling, no matter the weather, while keeping kids safe on their way to school.

Parents at Emerick Elementary and Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville appreciate his "kind-hearted approach and message. They are grateful to him for the value he places in his work," according to submissions.

He helps 18 walkers at Emerick each day and up to 200 at Blue Ridge, LCPS officials said.

Before working as a crossing guard, Becker served as a firefighter. He was one of the first dozen professional firefighters hired by Loudoun County. After retiring from the fire service, he’s worked seven years at Emerick and three at Blue Ridge, according to an LCPS release. Blue Ridge Principal Brion Bell said in a statement that Becker was instrumental in making his school’s transition to a walk-zone school a smooth one. In addition to watching traffic, Bell said Becker checks on and reports any strangers in the area

“Dave Becker always comes to work with a smile on his face,” said Emerick Principal Dawn Haddock in a statement. “He welcomes every single person with a kind word and makes sure that everyone is always safe. Purcellville has even recognized February 14th as ‘Dave Becker Day.’ We all know that the first words of your day can set the tone for how your day will be. Isn’t it wonderful that, at Emerick, we get greeted daily like this. He is truly the sunshine in our day.”

In addition to his duties as a crossing guard, Becker continually seeks other opportunities to be involved, making announcements over the school loudspeakers and attending school events and musical productions.


I was wondering when I was going to see this type of recognition (or even see Mr. Becker spotlighted on the local news…Idea?). I smile every time I am stopped waiting for kids to cross, Mr. Becker has his hands out to stop traffic, and kids take that opportunity to “high five” him.

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