WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Broadway and West 174th Street was Peggy Cain’s post and she took her job there seriously.
She worked as a crossing guard at that corner for 45 years, ushering generations of school children across the street before she retired in 2014.
“She felt like if she wasn’t there, the kids couldn’t cross safely,” said NYPD Officer Elise Taitt, of the 33rd Precinct. “She made it her business to be there every day, no matter what.”
Cain died last month at the age of 74. Because she had no immediate family, her “work family” at the 34th and 33rd Precincts, as well as friends of Cain’s from the community, raised money to give her a proper funeral and burial.