With a cane in one hand and a stop sign in the other, you can trust those coming and leaving Sabetha Elementary school are in good hands.
That’s because the man standing in the walkway protecting the kids and their parents coming and leaving the school is 66-year-old Pat Rodecap.
And the kids absolutely love him, “A lot of them call me Mr. Pat or Pat,” Rodecap said.
Whichever way you prefer it, it’s safe to say Rodecap love his job. Five years ago when he started he was retired, but when approached about the job, he couldn’t pass it up.
“I just love kids, I’ve got quite a few grandkids and great grandkids,” Rodecap said.
And now he thinks of the kids he protects as his own. Two years ago he proved just how far he would go to protect them, “I was standing out there and a guy didn’t see me I had 3 kids coming across,” Rodecap said.
It was around 7:30 in the morning in May of 2016 when a driver blinded by the sun and a dusty windshield hit Pat.
“I went through his windshield, hood, grill, everything was messed up, but I saved the kids they didn’t come out and get hit,” Rodecap said.
He suffered shoulder and facial injuries, and still to this day wears a sling, but if you ask Pat, “Its worth it.”
As a way to say thank you a local organization called Neighbors 2 Neighbors built Pat his own little place just a few feet away from the crossing. It has it’s own little sign out front that says, “Pat’s Shack.”
It also has a little heater so he can warm up when it’s cold out, and a seat so he can sit while waiting for kids, plus it’s filled with goodies.
“I’ve got stalking caps, gloves, postcards, umbrellas I give out to the kids that need them,” Rodecap said.
Even though the building stands as reminder of his heroic actions, Pat doesn’t consider himself a hero.
“I’m not a hero, I’m just here to protect them,” Rodecap said.
And he does it well.