‘THIS IS A WAY TO SHORTEN YOUR LIFE’

Today’s Ledger Live, the Star-Ledger video feature hosted by reporter Brian Donohue, reports on Red Bank crossing guard John Mego‘s final day on the job last Friday.

As reported here on redbankgreen, Mego resigned less than a year after being struck by a car and badly injured at his post at Maple Avenue and Peters Place.

Reason for his retirement? Crossing pedestrians in an era of cellphone use, texting and widespread driver indifference to the rules of the road is just too dangerous, says Mego, the borough’s first deputy fire chief who’s in line to take over the top job in January.

“This is a way to shorten your life,” he tells Donohue while dressed head-to-toe hin the reflective yellow rainsuit he was wearing when he was hit last December.