On her 43rd “first day of school”, SCPD school crossing guard Deneé Wood was honored by Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini and her colleagues for her more than four decades of service to children in the Brentwood community. Ms. Wood was hired as a substitute school crossing guard in 1974 and became permanent on January 5, 1976. Since then, she has greeted Brentwood School District students on their way to and from school with a smile and made sure they crossed the street safely. Ms. Wood says she had several friends who were school crossing guards and since they loved it so much, they urged her to apply. For the record, she is still going, while all of her friends have since retired. As for when she will retire, Denee’ says that as long as she is healthy and can still do the job, she has no plans to stop anytime soon. “No matter the weather, crossing guards are out there each and every day making sure our children are safe,” Commissioner Sini said. “They are the unsung heroes of the Suffolk County Police Department and we are extremely grateful for their care and service. On behalf of the entire department, I would like to thank Ms. Wood for her devotion to keeping the children in her community safe and congratulate her on 43 years of outstanding service to Suffolk County.”

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(L to R) Donald Wood, Crossing Guard – Denee’ Wood and Suffolk Police Commissioner – Tim Sini.