LAYTON -- Rain, sleet, freezing temperatures, blizzards and bright sunshine do not keep Terri Hurst from waving and smiling at all who walk or drive past her twice a day.
"How are you doing?" said Hurst, 50, of Clearfield, to a Legacy Junior High School student who was walking home from school.
Hurst is a crossing guard for Layton city and works at the intersection of 3200 West and Gordon Avenue.
"This job has literally saved my life," said Hurst.
Hurst had a kidney transplant 21 months ago. Then last March her father passed away, followed by her husband of 30 years leaving her.
"I was really depressed," Hurst said.
She was hired by the city in 2005 as a substitute crossing guard, when she was looking for a job that didn't require long hours.
Her kidneys had begun to fail and she needed a job that allowed her to rest.
In 2008, near the same time she underwent a kidney transplant, she was hired as a regular crossing guard.
"Everyone loves her," said Penny Falkner, the crossing guard supervisor for Layton.
Falkner said Hurst is one of 30 crossing guards employed by the city.
When Hurst was hired, she was asked if she liked children, people and the outdoors, Falkner said.
"I love kids," Hurst said. "I love working with people, and obviously I love to wave. It makes me happy."
Cars filled with parents, kids and regular commuters honked as they drove past Hurst one cloudy morning.
Hurst said she makes it a point to dress for the weather and doesn't mind standing out in the cold waiting for the junior high students and Sand Springs Elementary students to make the crossing.
"Quite a few people have contacted me, including city employees, and asked, 'Is she always that happy?' " Falkner said. "Yes, she's always that happy. She's very open and friendly and really enjoys her job. The kids absolutely love her."
Hurst said waving to drivers has had a positive impact on how fast drivers travel through the intersection.
"They actually slow down so they can wave at me," Hurst said.
Too many times, drivers don't spot the crossing guards, she said. But now that she's been at that intersection for the past year, she said drivers know she is there and slow down.
Hurst said even though she waves at everyone who drives past, the students are the most important part of her job.
She takes time to greet each student individually with a smile and a "hello." A few talk to her about their day and upcoming holiday plans.
"I'm really glad we have her," Falkner said.