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Beloved School Crossing Guard In Trumbull Calls It A Career

Shirley Sagliano recently retired from her school crossing guard position after 37 years.
Shirley Sagliano recently retired from her school crossing guard position after 37 years. Photo Credit: Trumbull Police Department

After spending some 37 years helping Trumbull children safely cross the streets on their way to school, a beloved crossing guard is calling it a career.

A lifelong Trumbull resident, Shirley Sagliano, began her career as the crossing guard in September 1987. On Wednesday, June 12, she strapped on her vest and walked the last child across the street, said Trumbull Police Lt. Brain Weir.

Sagliano developed an interest in the crossing guard position from a friend of hers who was already working as one. She applied for a job and got her start at Daniel’s Farm School, then worked at Jane Ryan Elementary School, and finally took over the Middlebrooks School post where she worked for over 30 years, Weir said.

Sagliano worked in all types of inclement weather but said it did not bother her, and that it was a great pleasure and she enjoyed it a lot.

Over the years, Sagliano had crossed and interacted with numerous children many of which would come back to see her even after they graduated high school and college, he said.

"Sagliano loved her crossing guard position so much that she would continue to work in that capacity, but she decided to retire in order to spend time with her family," Weir said. "They also felt that it was time for her to retire."

In the Town of Trumbull, the school crossing guards work under the guide and control of the police department.

To apply for a position as a school crossing guard in the Town of Trumbull, contact the Trumbull Police Department Traffic Clerk at 203-452-3854.

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