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Dunwoody, Ga. -- DeKalb school crossing guard Lorraine Knox relies on her tools and intuition to keep children safe at Chesnut Charter School in Dunwoody.

One morning last month, she could sense trouble when a driver ignored her.

"He went around the other cars in the drop-off lane to get by, and he just wasn't stopping," Knox told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie

At the time, she was helping a group of kids cross N. Peachtree Road.

Declan Heneghan, a first grader, was in the back.

"Were you scared?" Leslie asked.

"Yeah, really scared," he responded. 

Knox had to push him out of the way and onto the sidewalk.

The truck caught his rolling backpack and dragged it 10 feet down the road. The metal handle was damaged.

"What do you think when you look at his backpack?" Leslie asked Kristin Heneghan, Declan's mom.

"It could have been a lot worse," she said. "Without her, he could have been in the hospital or worse."

The driver pulled over and was later cited by Dunwoody Police.

"It was very, very scary," Knox said. "I had nightmares."

"Is that the closest call you've ever had?" Leslie asked.

"That close? Yeah," she responded. 

Knox and the other DeKalb County school crossing guards in the area received special recognition last week from the Dunwoody City Council. Declan's father, John Heneghan, is a council member.

11Alive decided to recognize Knox, too, with a Random Act of Kindness. She received flowers and a stack of gift cards.

"Thank you for what you've done and continue to do for the kids," Leslie said.

"Thank you," Knox responded. 

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