A Peshtigo School crossing guard is part of a nationwide contest to name America’s favorite crossing guard. 82-year-old Gail Bantes was nominated by the Safe Kids Marinette County Coalition for dedicating her life to her community and the safety of children. She was a bus driver for 43 years before eventually becoming a crossing guard for the City of Peshtigo. In February of 2019, Bantes was struck by a vehicle while on duty and while she sustained injuries from the incident, she’s also credited with saving two children by pushing them out of the way before being hit herself. Residents can vote for Bantes on the Safe Kids Worldwide website through tomorrow. The top five crossing guards across the United States with the highest number of votes will be judged by a panel to determine the final winner of the contest. The winning crossing guard will receive $500 worth of new crossing guard gear and accessories.