Just imagine what kind of person one has to be in order to risk their own life for the sake of that of others. Having a heart of gold, one might say. Or a kind soul and generous mind, others may add. Well, 88-year-old Bob Nill had it all, and even more than that.
This man used to work in banking and served in the Coast Guard, but once he retired, he just couldn’t stay still. He wanted to work again, so he got a job as a crossing guard at the Christ the King Parish School in Kansas City, Kansas some 5 years ago.
He was loved by all the students who all called him Mr. Bob.
Sadly, this incredibly loving man lost his life after he saved two children from being hit by a speeding black sedan. Witnesses say how he prevented the kids from getting on the car’s way and he ended up being hit by it himself.
Bob Nill is a hero. An absolute hero. May his soul rest well. https://t.co/JPnDaLJlNF
— Steve Westly (@SteveWestly) February 19, 2020
“He stopped [two kids], and they listened, thank God, but then he, of course, was the victim,” school principal Cathy Fithian told KMBC 9.
Everyone who knew Bob would say he was an extraordinary man. His nephew, Randy, said how the family wasn’t surprised by Bob’s act, because he always cared for everyone.
“What my Uncle Bob did for just getting little kids across the street seemed probably trivial to some people, but for him, it was a really important job, and now, we really know how important it was. He maybe saved some lives.”
“This was something I think he felt like he could help children and help himself feel good about what he was doing,” Randy added.
The school released a statement paying tribute to Bob, who died as a hero.
“We would like to give you an update on our crossing guard, Mr. Nill. Our hearts are heavy as we inform you of his passing. Please continue to keep Mr. Nill and his family in your prayers as well as the students, parents, and teachers who witnessed today’s accident.
“Also know that Mr. Nill is a hero. He stopped two of our students from crossing the road as the car approached.”
Rest in peace.