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Memorial service today for Clearwater crossing guard


Published:   |   Updated: May 23, 2014 at 02:40 PM

A memorial is scheduled this afternoon for a retired Clearwater police officer who died Tuesday in a collision while working as a school crossing guard.

The service for Douglas Herbert Carey is planned for 5:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater. The public may attend.

Carey, 70, was on duty a the sidewalk at Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road when he was struck by a Cadillac whose driver ran a red light, authorities said. The driver, Julious Johnson, 28, faces several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

Carey was a patrol officer, detective and field trainer during 20 years with the Clearwater Police Department, retiring in 1987. He began working as a crossing guard in 2010.

Carey also was in U.S. Air Force, serving with the military police, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He also worked as a security guard for Morton Plant Hospital.

Carey assisted students walking to Oak Grove Middle School and other nearby schools. Area residents have paid tribute to Carey with a makeshift memorial where he died, leaving flowers, balloons, signs, cards and even doughnuts.

“I saw you every morning helping kids cross the street,” read one sign on orange cardboard. “You always had a smile on your face. I’m sad to see you go because you were so committed to the safety of others around you. You were a wonderful man. Rest in peace. We will never forget.”

Carey is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Toni Carey of Brandon; son, Brian Carey of Clearwater; and a grandson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Salvation Army to help the homeless in his memory. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater is handling arrangements.

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