INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Hundreds of get well cards hang in the entryway and dining room of Tony Taylor's home on the near north side. Support from M.S.D. Washington Township students and their families has helped the traffic guard during his recovery after being hit by a vehicle in March.
Taylor is back on his feet and preparing to go back on duty on 86th Street in front of North Central High School.
Once a week, North Central High School PTO President Stacy Lozer delivers meals, gift cards and get well wishes from Washington Township families to Taylor. More than 50 district families have participated. She made her latest delivery Monday morning.
"Tony's the heartbeat of our township and our district," said Lozer. "He knows everyone. He greets us in the beginning of the day. He's with our kids throughout the day and sends us home safe at the end of the day. So, he's always looked out for us. This is our turn to look out for him."
Back on March 8, a distracted parent driver hit Taylor as he directed morning drop-off traffic on 86th Street at the east entrance of North Central High School.
"That parent was doing this," said Taylor, looking off to the side and pretending to reach in a car console. "She looks up and goes, 'Ah!' Lights out. That's all I remember."
Taylor woke up in the hospital with a broken left ankle and tibia, torn pelvis tendons, a concussion, and 18 stitches. He has scarring on the right side of his head.
"If you can tell, the bottom part of my earlobe is missing," said Taylor. "That's gone."
Almost 500 get well cards from students help inspire Taylor’s recovery. They hang over string crisscrossing near the ceiling of his entryway and dining room.
"It just shocked me that these kids remembered enough to say, 'Let me stop in my day to recognize somebody that I love seeing.' That touched me very, very hard," said Taylor.
Classes begin in Washington Township August 1. Taylor, in his 60s, is going back to school. He'll eventually be right back out on 86th Street directing traffic at the same school entrance where he was struck in March.
"When you have moments like that, most people walk away. Well, I said, 'not in my training.' When you fall, you get back up."
Taylor spent a month and a half in the hospital. He finally came home from a rehab facility about four weeks ago.
A GoFundMe account to support Tony has raised over $39,000 over the last four months. The community says thanks and soon will say "welcome back."