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60 years as a crossing guard and still going strong

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo crossing guard has been helping children safely cross streets for 60 years and Jane Ervin is still going strong.

"It hasn't been a chore at all.  I love children. I love to go to work," said Ervin, an 86-year-old great-grandmother, who children call her Miss Jane.  She has been working for six decades as a crossing guard.

Ervin appeared Tuesday in the lobby of Mayor Byron Brown's City Hall office.  The Mayor took time out Tuesday to honor Ervin's dedication and work, declaring it Jane Ervin Day in Buffalo.


“Jane Ervin is known for her bright smile and dedication to children,” said Mayor Brown.  “As it is said about mail carriers, she’s always there, be it in the rain, sleet or snow to assure the safety of our students. We applaud her continued dedication and commitment to Buffalo’s youngest community members.”

Jane Ervin is honored by Mayor Brown for 60-years as a crossing guard

For the past several years, Ervin is stationed at the corner High Street and Pershing Avenue near Martin Luther King School 39.  But for 48 of her 60 years on the job, she crossed students at East Utica and Masten Avenue.

Children's attitudes have changed over 60 years.  Ervin notes some are not as respectful as past generations.

"But now you say 'good morning' to one, look around at you, wondering what's going on," said Ervin.

But others never forgot "Miss Jane.

"I've had children that they use to be a little pest.  When they would run across the street, and he would get to the other side, he waved to me to let me know he made it.  That child moved to California, and I was standing in the street crossing the children, and he came and hugged me and said 'oh Miss Jane'...now that really made my day," said Ervin.

Ervin  continues to be an active member of the community, having served her profession as the membership chairperson for the Buffalo Crossing Guards Association, as well as Sergeant-at-Arms.  She also worked as a voting inspector for the Board of Elections for over 35 years.  

Ervin has been married to her husband, William, for more than 50 years and has two children, Connie and Donell, a granddaughter, Tasha, and two great grandsons, Ameer and Avery.

Ervin is know for her bright smile that she says often generates a smile on a persons face as she stands at her corner.  Her laugh is infections and right now she has no plans to retire.

"Long as I feel good," said Ervin.