Clearwater crossing guard laid to rest after fatal crash

Clearwater residents said goodbye Friday to a man who dedicated his life to service.
 
Crossing guard Doug Carey was killed Tuesday when a driver ran a red light on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at Belcher Road. 
 
Carey retired from the military in 1968 and received full military honors at his funeral. He was remembered for his service to the country and his community. 
 
Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos eulogized, "Let us rejoice for the man Doug Carey was and is. Let us rejoice for the legacy that he leaves behind." 
 
After serving in the military police for the Air Force, Carey went to work as a police officer.
 
Former Clearwater Deputy Police Chief Dewey Williams called Carey a mentor and remembered him for his love of the night.
 
"He loved the midnight shift,” he said. “I think that is all he ever worked. His day started at 11 p.m."
 
As a babysitter, 16-year-old Danielle Dilday talked to Carey daily while picking up kids from school.
 
Carey always asked her about how her classes were going. 
 
"It didn't matter that I did not know his name,” she said. “I knew who he was. I knew that he cared for people, and I could see him talking to the parents and to the students."
 
The final walk out of the church where the service was held for Carey showed how many different worlds he touched.
 
Crossing guards stood side by side with police.
 
The sight reminded Williams that Julious Johnson, the man accused of hitting Carey and abandoning his children to flee police, was still free to drive after 18 prior arrests.
 
"I think the system failed us, absolutely,” Williams said. 
 
Johnson is in jail with a $491,000 bond for charges related to the crash.
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