Dozens surprise elder crossing guard for his 80th birthday

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WILMETTE, Ill. (CNN) — A birthday surprise for an 80-year-old crossing guard had more than 100 people show up to celebrate last week.

Kids and parents from Wilmette threw the surprise party to thank Alec Childress for his kindness and work.

Even former students stopped by for the occasion.

Childress was very appreciative of the love and gratitude.

He has worked as a crossing guard since 2005 after retiring from a career in construction.

Every morning and afternoon, Childress greets children and parents with positivity.

He always says, “peace, I gotcha!” to everyone who walks by, so on Thursday, he was welcomed with more than 100 yard signs that read “peace, we gotcha!”

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