UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - It's likely you won't pass Jerome Sutton on Wesley Chapel Road without smiling. The Sun Valley Middle School crossing guard has been on the job for more than 22 years, and every one of those years has been spent making people happy.
"A lot of people will blow the horn at me before I even get out here. I really love that," Sutton said of his adoring fans who recognize him by his bright orange safety clothing.
Along with his priority of getting kids and cars in and out of the school safely, he's renowned for making people smile.
"We love him, my whole family loves him," said one woman who just moved to Indian Trail. She said Sutton immediately made her feel like family.
Sutton is known for his signature high-fives that each student gets at they cross the street. You can see, they come from the heart.
This past weekend, Sutton was honored by the mayor of Indian Trail with a key to the city and a day named in his honor.
"You never expect that, you know... Who gets a key to the city? Who gets their own day?" Sutton said, still in shock over the honor.
Sutton is known and loved by every student and every parent. He changes their days with his signature smile that he brings with him no matter the weather.
"I try to make everybody happy," Sutton said with a smile. "I try to stay happy."