Seminole County crossing guards celebrate 50 years of love

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Jerry and Barb Hesketh met when they were both 19 years old at a community dance and after spending some of their years apart while Jerry was in the Navy, they now do just about everything together.

"We golf together. We do everything together. We shop together. We buy things together," said Barb.

And for the last three years, they've worked together. Jerry and Barb have been members of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Guard program since 2008.

When the couple started, Jerry was a floater and rotated between crossings, but after a few years he wanted to work side-by-side with his wife -- helping kids from Casselberry Elementary School and South Seminole Middle School cross busy Winter Park Drive.

"Nothing could be better, unless we're in the Caribbean," Jerry joked.

In June, the Heskeths will be celebrating 50 years of marriage. The couple says honesty, communication and saying 'I love you' to each other as much as possible is their secret to long-lasting love.

"I don't think anyone really understands how it feels except if you're married 60 years," Barb said.

Jerry said, "She takes care of me, tries to keep me out of trouble, but she's just a wonderful person."

And what do the Heskeths have planned for Valentine's Day?

"Tonight I already planned a meal with wine. It's nice to go out, but it's nice to stay home too," Barb said.

When asked how much longer they'd be helping kids cross the intersection they said as long as they're able to walk, they'll be out there, together, every single day.

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