Crossing guard honored for saving student’s life

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 15, 2016

 Molly Cornwall, 7, stands with Summer Bremer, the crossing guard honored by the city for pushing Molly out of the way of an oncoming car 
in October.

Molly Cornwall, 7, stands with Summer Bremer, the crossing guard honored by the city for pushing Molly out of the way of an oncoming car in October.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — From September to June, they’re stationed throughout the city.

With a friendly smile and a wave, crossing guards are the first line of defense between children and traffic.

Despite that, most parents don’t ever think that the guard will be called upon to save their child’s life.

On Oct. 1, however, crossing guard Summer Bremer did just that.

At her post at Ardmore Park and Greater Mack Avenue, Bremer enjoys watching the children who attend school with her own children. She became a crossing guard two years ago, but this is her first year in the spot directly across from her children’s school.

Molly Cornwall, a first-grader who was 6 years old in October, lives just three houses away from her school. Her mom, Brigitte Cornwall, said that they see “Miss Summer” all the time because of that. On the first day of October, Cornwall said, Bremer started to go out into the street “as she always does,” raising her stop sign to alert drivers that a group of children were crossing to get to school.

Molly was right next to Bremer — and Brigitte Cornwall right behind Molly — when it happened.

“(The driver) was very distracted and went right through the crosswalk,” Cornwall said. “Superhero Summer here tossed Molly right out of the way.”

Bremer was honored with a proclamation by City Council June 6, which stated that when Bremer pushed Molly back into her mother’s arms, the car came so close to Bremer that her stop sign actually hit the car.

“I was right behind her (Molly),” Cornwall said. “She (Bremer) truly saved her life. He was probably going at least 25, 30 miles per hour.”

Bremer said she’s had close calls with drivers and children almost colliding before, but never that close.

“The drivers around the school are horrific,” she said, adding that the area she covers has a lot of walkers and seems to be one of the busiest crosswalks in the city.

The city chose to recognize Bremer because “the mayor and council of St. Clair Shores deem it fitting and proper to publicly recognize those individuals whose heroic qualities are exemplified in their service to the community,” according to the proclamation read by Mayor Kip Walby.

Bremer, however, said she just enjoys her job because she loves interacting with the kids.

“I’ve been a parent at Ardmore for 10 years,” she said. “I’m there to get to know who my kids (know).”

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