BRENTWOOD, Long Island (WABC) -- There is nothing better than a familiar face on the first day of school, and in Brentwood Denee Wood is that and so much more.
She's been on the job since 1974.
Wood has got all their backs, at 74 years old, this is her 43rd year on the job as a crossing guard.
To raise awareness about school safety, the Suffolk County Police Commissioner honored her for all she puts up with and it's a lot.
"Split shifts, angry motorists, heavy traffic, difficult weather conditions. We're going to deal with those angry motorists," said Commissioner Timothy Sini, Suffolk County Police Department.
In fact, the Suffolk County Police Department wants people to know they will be out there in both marked and unmarked cars over the next couple of weeks, to make sure people obey the speed limit in school zones, and that they stay off their cell phones while driving.
As challenging as her job can be, Wood tells Eyewitness News that she values it greatly.
You see, as a grandmother of nine, Wood is also very wise.
"You give them a smile in the morning and a smile in the afternoon, because who knows if they get a smile when they get home," Wood said. "And you say, 'Have a good summer' and you see the smile on their face, and then when they see you return, 'oh, you're back?' I'm back!'" Wood said.
Wood is back and better than ever. Just don't ever mess with her!