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Gilroy Crossing Guard Giving More Than Safe Passage Written By Amy McElroy I f you see Alex Hernandez on the corner of Third Street and Santa Teresa Road, you’d see a long-time Gilroy resident helping school children and their families safely through the crosswalks on their way to and from El Robles Elementary School. You may see a former student lean out the window of his car and yell, “Hey Mr. Alex!” Or you might hear Hernandez asking a passing youth how junior high or high school is going. What isn’t seen so much as it’s felt is Hernandez’ deep commitment to his community, his long history of service, and the family loyalty that led him to that corner. Hernandez grew up in Morgan Hill and attended the former Encinal Elementary— now Charter School of Morgan Hill—from first through eighth grade. He graduated in 1968 from Live Oak High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Rose, who is now his wife. After graduating from Gavilan College with a degree in Administrative Justice, Hernandez began working as a volunteer for the Morgan Hill Police Auxiliary between 1970-1984 and enjoyed working as an employee at special events like foot- ball games at his former school. He then joined United Technologies in San Jose as a senior buyer and planner. Unfortunately he was laid off in 1998, just one year prior to his scheduled retirement. During his time at United Technologies, Hernandez and his wife had two sons and a daughter. They now have nine grand- children. Hernandez started working for the Gilroy Unified School District 12 years ago, when his oldest grandson started asking him to have lunch with him at his school, El Robles Elementary. School lunches with his grandson became such a frequ ЁɽѥѡЁ)ݥͭq]䁑eЁԁͬ)ѡ䁡ٔѡԁٕ)ѡɔt]!ɹѽ́ݥѡ)͍ͽѼɐ)͡ͅq]Ё́ɐt)!ɹ聅ѕѡ)ѥѼɥѡչ)̰͡ݽձѡɕͅ)ɽ́ѡɕЁѼѡ͍ѡ)ɹѕɹ!ѕq$)䁵ѥѡɕ́ϊP)́QхѼѡ)ݡݔ݅ЁȁɅѼȻt)!͵͍́ɥ)щɥչq$)Ёѡ́ѕѽɥ̸$ݥЁѡɽ)ݡѡ䁩յt Ё́ٽɥє)ѡ́ݥѡЁ́Ʌͽ)́éѡɔٕѡ՝ͻe)͕ѽѕѡɽ՝Ёѡ)!ɹd͕͔٥ѕ)役́Ѽ́չ)M٥Ѽɽ䰁́ݥ)ɅՅѕɽ1͡Êé͕)̰ѡeٔѡ!) ȸ!éٽչѕɕ́ѽ)ȁɕЁٕ́Ѽ)̸͍͡!ɹ聡͕ٕ́)ѡAɕͥЁYAɕͥЁѡ)1ՔUѕ1ѥɥ ѥ镹)ѕȁٔ啅́ݥѠѡɽ)1éɕѱѡѕ1兰)-ӊQѼѡѕ)1-ЁЁ啅ȸ)=ٕȁѡ啅̰éɕٕ)́ɅѥՑɽɕ̸qQ)ɕєݡЁԁɔȁѡ)́ٔɑ́)ՙ%ӊéɕɕ݅ɑtٕݡѡ)́ѽ՝ѡɕ́Ё+qMѥ́ѡݕѡȁ́ɕ䁡а)'eɕ䁡и ЁɕЁ䁉ɥ)ͥɽѡɕՍ)ɽ́ѡɕЁȁѱ݅ѕȻtQ)ɥٕ̰ȁѡЁа͵ѽ)ݡ́ѡݡѱ)ȁѡЁѥѡ́啅Ȱ=)ՕɽɽѡɽA)ѵЁəɵɅ)ѡɽͥՅɑ̸!ɹ聕+qQȁٔ́́)%1I=d5=I8!%10M85IQ%8)9=Y5 H 5 H)܁Ѽхѡѡɕа)Ʌ́ѼѠ̰݅Ʌ)ɕ́Ѽ܁ѡձ̻tMѡ)Ʌѡ́ɔ͵ѡ七q'eٔ)Ёѡɽͥѡɽ݅)ܳt!ɹͅ͵)%ѡ́ɕЁɅݥѠѡ)ѵа!ɹ聅ͼɹѡ)ɽͥՅɑ́ɔЁ͕Ѽɕ)ɅeЁ䁑ɥٕ́ѥЁ)Ѽ٥єɅхѥѥ)ɽչѡ͍%!ɹ聍ձ)͡ɔ䁅٥ݥѠѡՉ)ɽͥՅɑ̰Ёݽձѡ胊q )ݥѠ́ݡݗeɔЁѡɔѡ)ѕ͕ѥ ɽͥѡ́́ȁ)ɥɥ䰁͕́ɽͥɕ̸)ɕѥɅ́Ёȁɕͥ)]eЁхѡЁɕͥ䁽)䁙ȁлtЁѡͅ)ѥӊéɐȁ!ɹѼͅ䁹Ѽ)役éɕՕЁȁ)ȁхݡ́ЁɅ)ͽɅՅѕɽḬ́ѡ)Ʌɕͭq!䁝Ʌ)ݡ䁑eЁԁɐ䁅Ё)͍t)!́ݥͭq]䁑eЁԁ͕)ѡɗétMٕɅ啅́ѕȰ)ѡ͔ɕٔ܁ɅՅѕ)ѡɗéѡȁɅЁI̸)!ɹ聅ͭѡɥq $)t)=͔ѡɥͅqMɔt)ѽ乍(