Crossing guard saves elementary students’ lives, but dies in crash

Crossing guard saves students’ lives, but dies in crash

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An 88-year-old crossing guard gave his life to save two elementary school children when a car nearly hit the children.

Bob Nill, known as Mr. Bob to the students of Christ the King Parish School, had been a crossing guard for five years after retiring from his job, KMBC reported.

Friends said he kept an eye on the students.

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“He was so worried about kids’ safety. When there was ice on the sidewalk, he’d come up and tell us in the school so we would come up and make sure the kids wouldn’t fall. He always thought about the kids more than himself,” Principal Cathy Fithian told KCUR.

Nill was seen pushing the students out of the way of a car, which hit him instead, on Tuesday, KCUR reported.

The children ran into the school to tell teachers that a car had hit Nill, KCUR reported.

He later died of the injuries he suffered in the crash.

“He gave his life for the kids today,” Fithian told KCUR.

Police said the driver, who was not identified, stayed at the scene, KMBC reported. He was later taken to an area hospital, KCUR reported.

“We don’t know if it was speeding, distracted driving or some type of intoxication was the factor,” Officer Jonathan Westbrook told KCUR.

The children Nill saved received counseling Tuesday before they went home with their parents.

FILE PHOTO: A school crossing guard was killed after he pushed two elementary students out of the path of a car.
FILE PHOTO: A school crossing guard was killed after he pushed two elementary students out of the path of a car. (Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)