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School Crossing Guard Saves Child From Serious Injury

Tragedy almost struck the family of Dunwoody city councilman John Heneghan last week.


An alert and quick thinking school crossing guard prevented what could have been a tragedy outside Chesnut Charter Elementary last week.

On Monday, Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan reported on his blog  that his seven-year-old son was almost struck by a vehicle while walking to school this past Thursday.

Heneghan said his son usually walks about two blocks to school with a fourth grader each morning. "The kids walked down North Peachtree Road to Chesnut," Heneghan said. "Crossing guard Ms. Lorraine Knox assembled a few children at the crosswalk in front of the school, stopped northbound traffic with her double-sided, [illuminated] 'Stop Sign.'

"There was no southbound traffic to stop. Kids crossed under the supervision of Ms. Knox who was standing in the middle of the road with her stop sign. [My son] was the last child to go across."

Then Knox saw a pickup truck proceeding southbound, heading toward the crosswalk, and not appearing to slow down.

"She then she took it upon herself to push my son out of the way of the large pickup truck. My son's rolling backpack was hit and dragged 10 feet down the road."

Heneghan said the driver, a Sandy Springs resident, pulled over. Chesnut Principal Veronica Williams escorted him to the office so he could provide his driver’s license and a phone number.

Based on the official Dunwoody Police report, the driver was cited later in the day with “Obedience To Authorized Person Directing Traffic.”

"By all accounts, Ms. Knox saved my son’s life and the Heneghan family will be forever grateful!" Heneghan said.

Heneghan also said that he will be proposing all major roadway crosswalks serving Dunwoody schools be outfitted with so-called High Intensity Activated Crosswalk, or HAWK lights, or inground crosswalk lights that he suggested for a possible new crosswalk at Tilly Mill and Stonington.

Rob February 12, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Funny thing, when other children have actually been hit and injured by cars at DHS in the past, no write ups, but now that it`s "personal", hold the presses. How about safety for all children!
jimmie February 12, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Sometimes God works in mysterious ways! God is good!
lastminutemom February 13, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Someone has to report it for folks to know, you jerk. (Rob). DHS has had a long list of administrators who want to sweep things under the rug. (For the record, Maloof doesn't strike me as one of those.) Heneghan has fought tirelessly for increased safety in school zones.
Advocate for Change February 13, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I am extremely disappointed that a few Dunwoody citizens choose to advocate for their causes using utterly ineffective, completely counter-productive, rude, common, and discursive means. I understand how frustrating it may seem for citizens to effect change in government, but disruptive tactics like these will make a potentially legitimate lose any shred of credibility. Not only that, the person acting like this fellow will no longer be taken seriously. The antagonistic approach is common, uninspired, and doesn't work. People are frustrated by all levels of government, Federal issues come home to roost at City Counsel, yet that is no excuse for losing one's composure. Do better, Jimmy, your zeal can be channeled more effectively if you control your outbursts.
Advocate for Change February 13, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Should read: "... disruptive tactics like these will make a potentially legitimate CAUSE lose ..."

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