It’s simple to think that heroes don’t exist and just appear in Marvel movies and comic book strips.
The truth is that they exist in every field of endeavour in the form of individuals who accomplish exceptional feats, occasionally at tremendous personal sacrifice.
In order to save children whose lives would have otherwise been lost, a beloved crossing guard in Kansas City, Kansas, sacrificed his life on Tuesday.
Bob Nill is a hero. An absolute hero. May his soul rest well. https://t.co/JPnDaLJlNF— Steve Westly (@SteveWestly) February 19, 2020
Bob Nill, 88, had served as a crossing guard at Christ the King Parish School for five years. He was highly respected by the students, many of whom referred to him as “Mr. Bob” in a friendly manner.
According to reports, at around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, a speeding black sedan sped straight through Nill’s crosswalk.
Nill risked his life after recognising the threat in order to save two kids.
According to school head Cathy Fithian to KMBC 9, “He stopped [two students], and they listened, thank God, but then he, of course, was the victim.”
According to witnesses, the 88-year-old shoved the kids away as the car went by, according to Fox 4. Sadly, this meant that he was hit. Randy, Nill’s nephew, said the brave deed wasn’t out of character.
“What my Uncle Bob did to just bring tiny kids across the street appeared perhaps minor to some people, but for him, it was a really essential job, and now, we really know how vital it was,” the speaker continued. He might have spared a few lives.
Prior to his retirement, Nill worked in finance and the Coast Guard. He continued serving his community by working as a crossing guard after leaving his full-time position.
Randy stated, “I think he thought that this was something he could help children and help himself feel good about what he was doing.”
On Tuesday, Christ the King Parish School sent a statement to their Facebook page.
“We wanted to provide you an update on Mr. Nill, our crossing guard. As we share his passing with you, our hearts are heavy. Please keep Mr. Nill and his family, as well as the children, parents, and instructors who were there for today’s accident, in your thoughts.
“Remember that Mr. Nill is a hero, too. As the automobile got closer, he prevented two of our students from crossing the street.