For the past 5 years, Bob Nill has ensured safe passage for students outside Christ the King Parish Catholic School in Kansas City, Kansas as a crossing guard.
However, this past Tuesday, Bob was struck and killed while on duty, and in the process, likely saved the lives of two young boys.
Principal Cathy Fithian tells CNN that Nill must have seen the speeding car as he had waved two students, 8 and 11, out of the way in the nick of time. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for Nill himself to get out of the way. He was struck by the sedan and rushed to the hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries, passing away at 88-years-old.
Now being hailed as a hero and being remembered for all he gave to the community he called home. Fithian remarking on the student’s love for Nill. “On Valentine’s Day, they had given him gifts and cards,” she said. “They lit up when they talked to him,” adding “We’re blessed to have him in our lives.”
Affectionately known as “Mr. Bob,” the district and the community are still trying to cope with the loss of one of their own. “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,” the school said in a statement.
Even the mayor of Kansas City, David Alvey, has come out to share his gratitude, telling residents “Mr. Nill’s act of selfless devotion to the children under his care inspires all of us,” adding “We are grateful for the goodness that he has given to our community for so many years.”
Authorities say the accident is still under investigation.
— KCKPD (@KCKPDChief) February 19, 2020