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Fairfield Needs More School Crossing Guards

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Police need help filling an important job–school crossing guard. The sudden resignations of three guards have left the town short-staffed, Lt. James Perez said Tuesday.

“We are looking desperately for [guards], and we can’t find them,” Perez said.

Fairfield employs 15 regular crossing guards and three backups each school year. But this year shortages have put all three backups on duty, and even then the town is still short one person. On-duty police officers have to fill in until they hire more.

Crossing guards get paid $50 per day for about two hours’ work, usually consisting of morning and afternoon shifts at two schools each day. But program coordinator Tony Gamberdella says the job also comes with a bonus.

“You grow to love these kids,” says Gamberdella, himself a guard for about 10 years . “You see them grow up. I’ve had kids come back from high school just to say ‘Hi.’ It’s very rewarding.”

All applicants must have their own transportation and must pass a background check. To apply, interested candidates can visit Fairfield Police Headquarters at 100 Reef Road and ask for an application at the Special Services Division located at the parking ticket window.

“We look for people who are reliable, and who understand the complexities of dealing with children and their parents,” Perez says. “And we need people who are loyal.”

To contact Greg Canuel, email gcanuel@thedailyfairifeld.com .

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