Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. surprised local crossing guard Brenda Johnson during Monday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting by recognizing her hard work for the City of Vicksburg.
Flaggs began the surprise introduction by recalling a drive he took over the weekend. Through the Second Saturday weekend, he noticed the town bustling with activity and noticed one thing in particular.
“Something caught my eye,” Flaggs began. “I have been traveling this road for many days – I go down this road all the time. We take for granted sometimes how people take their job seriously and how they put all they got into their jobs. I saw this person and this person reminds me of the kind of employees that we ought to emulate.”
Flaggs referred to the crossing guard he noticed working Mission and Rose A. Temple.
“She puts all she’s got into her job and she does it in the most safe way,” said Flaggs.
Flaggs stated he did not know her name at the time, but kept seeing her and was impressed with how seriously she took her job. He instructed his office to contact her and ask her to be present for Monday’s meeting.
After introducing her to the room, he asked Johnson to come forward while giving her praise for her service to the community.
Johnson, appearing emotional, joined Flaggs as he read the plaque aloud to the room.
Flaggs and Johnson exchanged a friendly embrace after the reading. Johnson, appearing emotional, accepted the plaque, saying “I love it”.