ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Upwards of half a foot of snow fell Tuesday in parts of West Michigan. The extreme winter weather made an already challenging job even harder.
Joanne Kelsey is a crossing guard at Roosevelt Elementary. Tuesday's cold weather, gusty winds, unrelenting snow, and low visibility brings out the best in her.
"I would save a child's life before my own, they are the reason I'm here," she said. "It was almost white out conditions and I've got this sign with blinking lights, but if you're not paying attention as a driver, the sign isn't going to do me any good."
With help from a few older students, known as "safeties" she helps younger students cross the road.
"Three times this year I've almost been hit, and a couple times the kids were with me," recalls Kelsey. "They have this surprised look on their face, like 'Oops, sorry I almost hit you!'"