Young at heart crossing guard
Carole Meekins reports.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- He's a popular figure outside Manitoba Elementary School on the corner of S. 41st St. and W. Forest Home Ave.
Jim Fischer has been a crossing guard there for almost two decades. Fischer has no plans to slow down even though he is 94-years-old.
This fall he got a birthday party from the school and staff and local political figures. Fischer says he's already retired from two jobs, but says being a crossing guard keeps him young.
He admits, "I'm glad to try and stop these cars. Some travel 40, 50 even sixty miles an hour!"
Fischer displays a sense of humor when asked about staying healthy.
"Every morning 5 to 10 minutes on the treadmill. I excercise these feet so they are ready for the coroner! (He laughs)! "
He attributes his long life to being positive, never smoking, and staying active.
First grade teacher Jeffrey Gleeson says, "Everyone knows Mr. Fischer, all the children, parents, bus drivers wave. He's a very friendly guy."
Gleeson also adds, "Rain, snow, sleet, he's always smiling and he's always here. The biggest thing I get from Mr. Fischer is dedication."
Fischer in action is a reminder that getting older is more about attitude than it is about age.