Illinois Remembers Veteran Crossing Guard Who Died Protecting Children


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BOURBONNAIS, IL – As the new school year approaches, potential crossing guards across Illinois are urged to be aware of their surroundings and consider the vital role they play in ensuring the safety of students. The memory of a dedicated crossing guard, Robert J. Goselin, who tragically lost his life protecting children, looms large in the state’s consciousness.

On October 1st, 2002, Goselin, 76 at the time, was hit by a truck at the intersection of Latham Drive and U.S. 45 in Bourbonnais. Witnesses to the crash believed Goselin was killed instantly following a crash that reportedly caused the crossing guard propel be into the air, causing massive head trauma.

At the time of the crash, Goselin had just finished guiding a group of children from two elementary schools across the street when the accident occurred.  Hundreds of residents would later come out to honor the fallen crossing guard.

The driver of the truck, never identified as anyone other than an employee of Ferrellgas of Kankakee, was questioned by Bourbonnais police. No tickets were ever issued in the case. It was the first time a crossing guard in Kankakee County had lost their life while on duty.

Did you know that Crossing Guards rank among the most dangerous professions in America? According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, their fatal injury rate is 19 per 100,000, placing them just outside the top ten deadliest professions, higher than police officers.

If you’re a driver, remember that failing to be cautious around school crossing guards can have serious consequences. In Illinois, the law takes it very seriously. In cases where a crossing guard’s death occurs due to reckless actions, the driver can be charged with involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide.

The tragic loss of Goselin’s life highlights the daily dangers faced by crossing guards statewide and underscores the significance of their selfless service. They play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of young children, particularly in high traffic areas. The accident serves as a reminder of the need for constant vigilance and adherence to traffic rules and regulations in an era ruled by short attention spans.

For those considering a career as a crossing guard, it is crucial to carefully consider the ten key factors associated with the role. Physical fitness, multitasking abilities, effective communication, and constant vigilance are emphasized, along with obtaining proper training and certifications.

The safety of school children throughout Illinois relies on the dedication and attentiveness of crossing guards, who play a vital role in their secure passage. By considering these factors, potential crossing guards can make informed decisions about pursuing this essential role and contribute to the safety of students in their communities.

To inquire about crossing guard positions in various school districts across Illinois, interested individuals (18 years and older) are encouraged to reach out to their local police departments or school districts for information on application procedures and requirements.

The memory of Robert J. Goselin will forever serve as a reminder of the dedication and sacrifice of crossing guards statewide, who strive to keep our children safe as they embark on their educational journeys.


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