Billy Robinson, Security Guard

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Billy “Bizzo” Robinson, security guard, East Baltimore campus

I needed a job when I came to Baltimore in 1972. Seems like I found a home; I haven’t been anywhere else since.

I get out here at 6 a.m. during the week. I’m outside all day, every day at the corner of Caroline and Jefferson streets. Since I’m getting old now, my legs bother me sometimes, so I try not to spend that much time in the booth. I look out not just for the employees, but everyone in the area.

The biggest thing that really sticks out of my mind? I think this was about 1980 or ’81. I came to work one Sunday morning—it was either Sunday or Saturday because everything was basically dead—that’s when the hotel was there. Before they built CRB I and II, before JHOC, there was a Sheraton hotel.

I got a call to go in front of the hotel. And it was some people from Mexico, and the lady was in labor. When I got up there, the lady at the front desk said, “Bizzo, she’s in labor. She’s about to have a baby!” At that time, when patients came to the hospital, some of them had nurses. One of the patients had a nurse with her. I was the only one with rubber gloves, and the lady said, “You ever delivered a baby before?” I said, “No, ma’am.” She said: “I’m going to tell you what to do. Hold your hands out, when the baby comes out. Just hold it, just hold it.” And as the baby’s feet came out, the ambulance came and I said, “What do I do now?” She said, “Just hold him until the ambulance people get here.” That was a new experience for me.

The other thing that sticks out of my mind: The dialysis unit used to be around the other side before they built CRB I and II, and this man, I used to call him the General—he was a colonel in the Air Force. His nephew brought him here for dialysis treatment. And I hollered: “Hey, General, how you doing, man, how are things going? Give me one of those war stories.” He was talking and then all of the sudden he went down. I called to him, “General, are you all right?” All of a sudden, he just died. We did CPR on him, but it didn’t help any. He died on the spot.

Out of all the things going on in the world, the little things you count are blessings. Sometimes somebody might give me a bottle of water or words of encouragement. I usually say something crazy to get people laughing in the morning—after two cups of coffee, I can usually start working.

When you think you're not influencing people's lives, it's kind of funny what you find out. As you go through this life, if you're not helping or encouraging somebody, you're not really doing anything.

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Constance "Connie" Stewawart May 23, 2017 at 12:29 am

Bizzo,

This is Constance Stewart, Health Information Management, formerly Medical Records. You and I go way back. Ever since there was the A-1 grocery store and the Johns Hopkins Day Care. My son, Taavon Stewart, Employee, Johns Hopkins Cooley Center (now) was a student at that Day Care Center. When my son would see you he would holler, "Bizzo". His little face would just light up when we would walk up Caroline Street to go home. You used to visit the Hopkins Day Care and the kids really looked forward to that. My father was a native of Greenville, SC too. He is now deceased. We will really miss your smiling face and pleasant demeanor. God Bless you and your family. Email us back and let us know how you are doing.

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Vera Coston May 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

God bless you , enjoy your retirement because you deserve it , I don't know you but I can tell
you are a kind person, a very good spirit . Enjoy it to the fullest

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Mary May 17, 2017 at 1:19 am

What an awesome person. I wish I could meet you! Congratulations on your retirement; I hope you get to see some of the wonderful things people are saying about you. Good luck and God bless you.

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Nancy Stewart May 16, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Such a kind and respectful gentleman. He will definitely be missed.

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Sue Dalrymple May 16, 2017 at 10:11 am

Officer Bizzo represents the best of the Hopkins community. He greets everyone with a smile, a handshake, or a hug. Whenever I ran into him, my day automatically improved. A wonderful man who will be sorely missed. I wish him every happiness in his retirement.

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Jean Smith May 16, 2017 at 9:44 am

I remember Bizzo as being funny and happy. I also remember having the privilege of over powering a large man (Bizzo) with a rat. I was working down bond street in an animal facility, I had two pet rats that I wanted to show Bizzo. When I walked to show him, he ran out of the door and I don't remember him coming back...Hahaha. Sorry Bizzo, I had to tell that story.

Make the best of your retirement. Have fun, laugh, and eat good food 🙂

Best,
Jean

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Betty Edmunson May 16, 2017 at 6:59 am

I don't know you, but from reading the comments you have to be a very special and wonderful person... Best wishes on wherever you go and whatever you do... Just continue to have an impact on the people you come in contact with... Peace and Blessings to you...

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Keisha Perrin May 16, 2017 at 6:14 am

He is so right. If your are not encouraging or helping someone else, you're not doing anything useful. I have not met officer Bizzo, but he seems like a wonderful employee and gentleman.

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Shannon January 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

Officer Bizzo is the BEST!!!

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Sheila Moore January 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Officer Bizzo is a true example of light and love. His demeanor is very consistent. I've been here 16 years and I love his light, such a gentle giant and his personality is infectious. He lives the life the we are all called to do but few ever experience the joy of it is more blessed to give than to receive. He gives daily and in doing so; I'm sure he's received a lot. Such a jewel to the Hopkins/East Baltimore Community! A treasured gift is what He is.

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Keith J. Farrar January 17, 2017 at 7:45 am

Officer "Bizzo" is a true Guardian of this Institution, what are we going to do with out him!
EX PSO Farrar

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Paul January 16, 2017 at 11:06 am

The day starts out great when he calls out to those of us cycling in to work, "Hey, Doc! Better slow down before you get a speeding ticket!"

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Alison Coker January 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

As I read the story about Officer Billy "Bizzo" Robinson, I was struck by how fortunate JH is to have such a kind, wonderful man among its employees. He looks out for others, brings light into their lives, helps them when they need it and generally makes those he encounters happier than they were before they met him -- one of Hopkins' (up until now) unsung heroes.

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Christine Ayers January 16, 2017 at 9:10 am

I too pass 'Bizzo' most mornings on my way to Radiology in the ED. I love seeing him greet and pump up the teenagers on their way to school. In this world today Teenagers need all the help they can get. He is such an amazing example for all of us!
Of course I love the morning greetings too! He reminds me that a smile and a warm word can really change someones day and to try and repeat this myself.
Thank You Bizzo!!

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Betty Gibula January 16, 2017 at 8:15 am

Bizzo is an icon at Johns Hopkins. We've been friends for over 40 years. When I do see him, I can always expect a hug from this role model. He is and will be one of those friends for life! Our institution is very lucky to have had such a wonderful man protecting us and showing us how we should treat each other every day. Thank you Bizzo!!

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Aneater Williams January 14, 2017 at 4:35 am

Mr. Biz has always been kind.....If he can he helps my mom from the dialysis door to my car. He always has a great smile and something you funny to say..... Thanks for being you

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Carla January 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

I am looking forward to my next trip near your post just so I can meet you. Keep up the good work. We need more like you in this world.

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Therese January 13, 2017 at 11:05 am

Officer Bizzo - a gentleman, friend, comedian, mentor, and shoulder to lean on when needed. You are the essence of a human being. Thank God for giving us such an inspirational man! All the best to you always.

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Barry Nelkin January 13, 2017 at 9:49 am

Bizzo, they're right! You have been making us start our day with a smile, for all these years. We really appreciate it.

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Gislin Dagnelie January 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

Officer Bizzo seems to know everyone who passes his perch at the corner of Caroline and Jefferson. Whether it's employees hurrying to get to a meeting on time, Dunbar school kids taking in some fresh air, or patients looking for the right entrance to the garage, he has an encouraging word for everyone and, OK, let's admit it, a friendly word for the ladies. When I see him on his corner I know my day is off to a good start!!

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Carmel Feaster January 13, 2017 at 9:12 am

What an inspirational individual with regards to his outlook on daily living. Thank you.

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Michele Ingram January 13, 2017 at 9:09 am

Mr. Robinson is a real gem!!! I parked on the street for three years before getting a prime parking spot and he was friendly yet concerned about everyone that he encountered. Mr. Robinson takes time to talk to the students from Dunbar H.S. as well as patients, employees and everyone from the neighborhood. We can all learn valuable life lessons by watching his example of true kindness!

Thank you, Officer Bizzo!!!

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Ken January 13, 2017 at 8:52 am

On behalf of the Ludwig Center, I wanted to say how much we appreciate having you to look after us for the past decades. As always, we love your good cheer and stories. Thanks!

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Terry January 13, 2017 at 8:47 am

I ride pass Mr. Robinson's post everyday and witness the impact he has on the community. The students headed to school can not wait to interact with him. What a wonderful man, we are so lucky to have you.

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JAKI January 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

My daughter is now a senior in college and she remembers Ofc. Bizzo. She went to Dunbar high school and she remembers that he always greeted the kids with a smile and sometimes a hug. I often come by his booth in the morning and still see him greeting the kids with a smile and a hug. He is truly a blessing.

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Anna Anderson January 13, 2017 at 8:17 am

Thank to you Officer Bizzo, I met him in 1983 on Caroline St. Adolescent Health Center. Bizzo always had kind word for the staff as well as our patients running in and out of our building. I remember our Sheraton Happy Hours full of laughter and sibling like love. Bizzo I'm proud of all you've done and continue to do, I still have people calling me by the nickname you gave me.
Years of Friendship
Anna Get Ya Gun

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:Donna January 13, 2017 at 7:50 am

A real pleasure to meet you Mr. Robinson. I love your quote and will share it with my family.
When you think you're not influencing people's lives, it's kind of funny what you find out. As you go through this life, if you're not helping or encouraging somebody, you're not really doing anything.

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Helen Fedor January 13, 2017 at 7:40 am

Officer Bizzo is a real blessing to this community. He always has a smile to offer, and a friendliness to everyone one that comes by. He really does look out for all of the community. He can teach us all by his great example.

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Carolyn Chapman January 13, 2017 at 11:28 am

I agree, Helen. We can all learn from Officer Bizzo's example. He is a true gem in the Hopkins/East Baltimore community!

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