Crossing patroller’s courage saves toddler Mark

  |  Published: Sep 29th 2016
Mark Shaw, Kate, with young Mark and his dad
Mark Shaw and Kate Cooper with young Mark and his dad

Courageous School Crossing Patroller Kate Cooper put her life on the line when saved a toddler from stepping into a busy main road.

Kate, the lollipop patroller for Naphill and Walters Ash, dived in front of two-year-old Mark Williams as he toddled on to the pavement outside the school where he met his big brother, blissfully unaware of the dangers ahead.

She used her STOP pole to prevent him from stepping into oncoming traffic, but pulled a muscle in the process.

His Dad, Peter Williams, was very grateful that Kate was on duty and said it was a valuable road safety lesson for Mark. 

Kate’s heroics didn't unnoticed and this week (27 September) she got a surprise visit from Buckinghamshire County Council Transport cabinet Member Mark Shaw with a gift voucher, chocolates and flowers. 

Mark Shaw said: 'I was delighted to present Kate with her gifts. Without her selfless action, young Mark could have ended up with serious injuries or worse. Kate is an exemplar among our fantastic School Crossing Patrol team in Bucks.'

And two-year-old Mark also showed his gratitude by presenting Kate with his own thank you picture the following day.

Self-effacing Kate said: 'I’m very flattered by all of this. I was just doing my job!'

Mark Shaw said: 'Every day our crossing patrollers meet the public and make an important contribution to our communities by ensuring thousands of children and parents have a safe journey to and from school. We could do with more public-spirited people like Kate to help our children cross busy roads by their schools.'

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