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First Person: Kids have a fierce protector in crossing guard Tony Abdalla

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Tony Abdalla is a retired dentist. He likes working with kids and decided to become a crossing guard five years ago.

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Crossing guard Tony Abdalla walks a young child across the street outside of the Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena.

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Crossing guard Tony Abdalla says hello to a parent outside of Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena.

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Crossing guard Tony Abdalla ensures children's safety outside of Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena.

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Crossing guard Tony Abdalla helps children get to Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena.


Tony Abdalla, 73, is a retired dentist.  For the last five years, he's volunteered as the crossing guard at Arroyo Vista Elementary School in South Pasadena.  Tony takes his job seriously, making sure kids and their parents get to and from the school area safely.  If you cross this crossing guard, prepare to get an earful.  He's become something of a neighborhood celebrity.  Everyone knows him, and amazingly, Tony seems to know every kid, and every parent, by name.

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