Retired Greenwich crossing guard, 97, honored as AAA Traffic Safety Hero

AAA Northeast recognized Tom Reale, 97, a recently retired school crossing guard in Greenwich, as a Traffic Safety Hero.

At AAA’s 6th annual Community Traffic Safety Awards lunch recently at Testo’s in Bridgeport, AAA commended Reale for completing 40 years of continuous service as the town’s most senior School Crossing Guard. Police Chief James Heavey, who nominated Reale, wrote that Reale’s dedication, no matter the weather , has ensured the safety of several generations of Greenwich students who arrived and left school.

At the event, AAA Northeast also honored the Greenwich Police Department with a Gold Award for the department’s outstanding traffic safety programs that includes mature driver training classes; a Citizens’ Police Academy and a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, (STEP) that addresses traffic-related problems in town with the goal of reducing collisions by 4%, among other initiatives.

Public Affairs Manager Fran Mayko, third, right, presented the Traffic Safety Hero Award to Reale, center. From left is Sgt. John Slusarz, who holds the department’s Gold Award; Officer Ron Carosella, who presents AAA’s mature driving improvement program to area residents; Capt. Pam Gustovich; and Lieut. John Brown.

Public Affairs Manager Fran Mayko, third, right, presented the Traffic Safety Hero Award to Tom Reale, center. From left is Sgt. John Slusarz, who holds the department’s Gold Award; Officer Ron Carosella, who presents AAA’s mature driving improvement program to area residents; Capt. Pam Gustovich; and Lieut. John Brown.

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