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    Reginald McGill has quickly become a familiar face to students and passing motorists as the charismatic crossing guard in Mansfield. (Published Monday, Sept. 12, 2016)

    In Mansfield he's known as the charismatic crossing guard.

    "It's best job I've ever had," said Reginald McGill. "I enjoy myself 100 percent!"

    He works at the intersection of Walnut Creek Drive and Debbie Lane, one of the city's busiest intersections.

    You can hear his blaring whistle blocks away, but his dancing moves are what will really grab your attention.

    "There's no rhyme or reason to my movements," he joked. "I just move."

    "He's got a lot of energy to say the least," said Mansfield Police Sgt. Eric Robertson.

    "You can't take away my joy," McGill added. "You can't take away my laughter and you can't take away my smile."

    McGill is a retired veteran who planned to be a stay-at-home dad for his three kids.

    "Cook them breakfast in the morning, get them dressed, sit and do homework with them, the whole nine yards," he said. "It was entirely too much fun doing that, so my wife said, 'no, go get a job!'"

    He's been a crossing guard less than two years, but he's clearly the most popular.

    "I've been supervising the crossing guards for six years now. He's by far the most charismatic crossing guard I've ever had," said Stephanie Denova. "I've had people call and tell me they've changed their route to work so they could come through this intersection."

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