96-year-old woman makes us Proud to be from Pittsburgh

Helen Katremcik was one of the first girls in the country to take part in the AAA School Safety Patrol Program.

The program turns 100-years-old this year, and in 1937, Helen was one of the first selected to become a patroller, chosen by her teacher in Washington County to help students cross a busy highway to get to and from school.

Her group was even invited to lead a parade in Washington D.C. since they were the only girls in the nationwide program.

“We never thought we were going to be girl patrols because there were no girls, only boys, but we envied the boys because they called them the select group,” she said.

Now, Helen’s great-grandchildren are involved in the school patrol program, which is used in dozens of local schools.