Each month, the Leeds Tribune honors a first responder or resident of Leeds who makes a difference in the lives of our community, sponsored by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. For May, we honor:
Mr. Bud, crossing guard at Leeds City Schools
Bud “Mr. Bud” Moncrief has served as a crossing guard for Leeds City Schools for 15 years. He first worked at Leeds Elementary School before moving to Leeds Primary School when it opened a few years ago. He spent more of his time in the middle of the street at the elementary school.
“I kind of miss that,” Moncrief said. “But my wife doesn’t.”
Moncrief has been married to Darlene for 46 years. He met her while he was serving as a dispatcher for the Leeds Police Department, a position that he held for six years. He moved on to the Mountain Brook Police Department when he served from 1977 until his retirement in 2003.
Before serving the two police departments, he served the United States. “Mr. Bud” was in the Army from 1968-1971. He patrolled the border between East and West Germany.
He’s enjoyed his time serving his community in retirement as a crossing guard.
“I love these kids,” he said. “They make you laugh and cry all the time. They’ll come up to me all the time and say, ‘I love you Mr. Bud!’”
With the school year coming to a close, he’ll focus his time on his hobbies during the summer months.
“I’m going to do what I do best, which is nothing,” he joked. “I love to fly fish. My son is an Eagle Scout. Not long before he became one, they made merit badges for fly fishing. I was able to get some of our guys a badge for fly fishing.”
He’ll also spend his days as the Masonic Lodge and attending Cedar Grove Baptist Church.
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