Family remembers crossing guard killed on duty

By Crystal Price - bio | email

MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) - The family of a crossing guard killed Wednesday morning at the Moss Bluff crosswalk is preparing to say good-bye to their loved one.

Roland Parker, 70, of Moss Bluff was killed his first day working as a crossing guard when a vehicle struck him and killed him while he was setting up cones for the school zone.

"He was totally excited for this job," said Sheila Darbonne, a daughter of Parker.

Parker decided to take this job three weeks after he and his wife Esther moved back to southwest Louisiana from Las Vegas.

"At 70 years old, there's not a whole lot of people who want to take a chance on you, but he was proud to be doing what he could do," said Darbonne.

Parker was a retired truck driver of 35 years and his family said he was a go-getter who always had to be working.

"My dad was always a simple man, he always thought of himself as nothing more than a truck driver," said Sheldon Parker, a son of R. Parker. "And for him to go out the way he has, I know it would mean a lot to him because it means a lot to us."

While he may have died sooner than expected, his family said they understand it was a simple accident.

"We don't think it's anything that can be avoided," said  Parker. "It was just my father's time and God called him to rest."

Although the family is preparing to say goodbye, they said they plan to continue their family values instilled by their father Roland.

"That's what we all live for," said Parker. "We're minus one but we're still growing and going. It will be hard to move on but we will."

Funeral arrangements for Parker are still pending. He leaves behind a wife, 6 children, 28 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

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