FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        
January 13, 2020
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
(608) 266-2401

Marinette Crossing Guard to be Named Assembly ‘Hometown Hero’

MADISON – The Wisconsin State Assembly will recognize Gail Bantes from Marinette, Wisconsin as a “Hometown Hero at the upcoming Assembly session on January 15th.

Bantes, who was nominated by her State Representative, John Nygren (R-Marinette), pushed two girls to safety before being hit herself by an SUV while acting as a crossing guard in Peshtigo School District last February. Because of her quick and selfless thinking, Bantes was also nominated for the national America’s Favorite Crossing Guard Contest.

“Gail’s willingness to put her own safety in jeopardy to protect two children is the definition of what a ‘hero’ would do,” said Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) who selected Bantes for the award. “It’s an honor to recognize her here in the Assembly for her unwavering commitment to her community.”

Bantes has a long history of public service to her community and kids. At 83 years old, she had spent 43 years as a bus driver before becoming a crossing guard for the past several years. Bantes’ heroic action resulted in two children’s lives being saved.

“Gail Bantes epitomizes what it means to be a hometown hero. In her role as a crossing guard, she saved children from danger while at the same time becoming injured herself,” said Rep. Nygren. “I am proud and privileged to host her at the Capitol this week to award her the Hometown Hero award.”

The Wisconsin State Assembly sees giving back to the community as one of the most valuable characteristics one can have. The Assembly Hometown Heroes program seeks to identify and recognize individuals from around the state who give of themselves to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of those around them. Hometown Hero Award winners are invited and introduced as a special guest at an Assembly floor session and given the opportunity to speak.