A Barberton crossing guard is leading Safe Kids Worldwide's "America's Favorite Crossing Guard" competition.
Oby Perdue, 81, who works a crossing for Barberton Middle School, was the top vote-getter as of Friday morning with 8,513 online votes. The voting ends at midnight Friday.
He is retired from the U.S. Air Force, according to his profile. Perdue was leading the second-place vote-getter by about 200 votes.
The competition features 170 crossing guards from around the country, including James Kelly, a crossing guard with the North Canton City School District. Kelly had 329 votes as of Friday morning.
A judging panel will review the top five and select a winner. The school where the crossing guard works will receive $10,000.
Safe Kids also will come to the winning school to celebrate with a pep rally.
Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit, was founded in 1988 by pediatric trauma surgeon Dr. Martin Eichelberger and Herta Feely, a public relations professional, at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C.
For more details or to vote, go to: https://www.safekids.org/crossing-guard.