Safety patrol Maureen Ann Adams of Fairfax was on her way to school last February when she saw a fourth grade boy dart from behind the crossing guard at an intersection into the path of an on-coming bus. The boy and the bus driver could not see each other, and Maureen yelled to the child and grabbed the hood of his coat, pulling him to safety while jeopardizing her own life.
For that heroic action, she was recently selected from a field of 30,000 11- and 12-year old safety patrols in the area as Number One Patrol by the McDonald's Captain Dan Traffic Safety Program. Maureen, who attends Jermantown Elementary School, also received the National AAA Award from Vice President Walter Mondale.
Other Northern Virginia safety patrols who were honored by the Captain Dan program are Michael Humm of Stonewall Jackson Elementary School in Alexandria. Brian Cook of St. James School in Falls Church, and Emily King of Custis Elementary School in Arlington County.
Michael was honored for coming to the rescue of a young boy who slipped on the ice and was knocked unconscious in the path of a quickly approaching car. Brian was cited for his punctuality, neatness, reliability and eagerness to improve himself as a patrol. Emily is responsible for a dangerous crossing on South 23d Street, the main road to Crystal City. She was noted for being an all-around good patrol who is punctual and often remains to help late students after the crossing guard has left.