New York border guard Louise Kobs, 91, is retiring after 41 years
Louise Kobs, a 91-year-old border guard from Long Island, New York, has retired after more than four decades on the job.
On November 4, 1981, at the age of 50, Kobs joined the Nassau County Police Department as the Levittown School District border guard.
“This is a very, very dedicated woman with tremendous community spirit who is a model employee,” Nassau County Borough Chair Bruce Blakeman told Fox News Digital.
“She’s just a wonderful person and we were so proud to have her,” Blakeman added.
In all her years of service, Kobs never missed a day of work or called in sick.
“If I can get up in the morning and cross my kids, I’ll be there. And I was,” Kobs told Fox News Digital.
The community could always count on seeing Kobs on Violet Lane and Orchid Road.
Her love for the local children – or, as she calls them, “my children” – has kept her going.
“These were my children. i loved them all I watched her grow up,” Kobs shared.
In the 41 years she spent in her corner, Kobs has watched children grow to be parents, and she has helped her children cross the street every day.
Kobs said there was nothing stopping her from doing her job.
“I would get up and if I had a headache, I’d say, ‘I’ll take a pill,'” Kobs said.
She continued, “I didn’t want to disappoint them … They looked forward to seeing me when they turned the corner.”
Several county officials have recognized Kobs for his commitment to the community, including Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
“We should all take a little lesson [from her] about the importance of our jobs and what they mean for other people and not just for ourselves,” Ryder told Fox News Digital.
“This lady has taken her job to another level. She was proud of that corner,” he added.
Ryder said she has great respect for the history of the Nassau County Police Department and the traditions it has maintained over the years.
Even when Nassau County Border Patrol officers saw a uniform change from the traditional beanie to a baseball cap, Kobs refused to abandon tradition.
She continued to wear her original uniform, Ryder added.
Kobs may be 91 – but she says she’s “still walking.”
“I would still be on this corner, believe me,” she said.
Ryder said Kob’s dedication to the role and her love of community are what set her apart.
“I’ve had great cops to work with and I’ve had great civilians to work with, but she far surpasses most in her dedication,” commented Ryder.
Kobs knew the names of everyone who crossed her corner—and everyone knew her.
Before becoming the community’s “beloved” border guard, Kobs was a homemaker to their three children – Kevin, Dean and Debra.
Kobs’ husband, Thomas Kobs, was an active service member, she said.
In 1981, their daughter, Debra, was friends with a Nassau County Police Department officer; He was the one who encouraged Kobs to work as a border guard.
“I went to the precinct, filled out the application and was at work,” Kobs said.
“It was the greatest job ever. [I] never regretted it once.”
Though she won’t be crossing kids on the corner anymore, Kobs plans to stay active in her community.
“As old as I am, I don’t want to sit still. I’m just going to keep going as long as I can,” Kobs said.
Today she is the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Looking back on everything she’s accomplished — and looking back at the time with her family — Kobs said, “My life feels so complete.”
“We were blessed to have her,” Ryder said.
County Executive Blakeman added, “I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from Louise.”
https://nypost.com/2023/02/05/new-york-crossing-guard-louise-kobs-91-retires-after-41-years/ New York border guard Louise Kobs, 91, is retiring after 41 years