A beloved lollipop man was killed after flinging himself into the path of a speeding car to save two young boys.
Heroic Bob Nill, 88, was rushed to hospital after pushing the schoolboys – aged 11 and 7 – out of the sedan’s path in Kansas City, Kansas.
He died in hospital after being rushed to A&E with critical injuries.
Pals and relatives lined up to pay tribute to ‘Mr Bob’ – a former Coast Guard veteran who decided to man the crosswalk after getting bored of retirement.
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Paying tribute, nephew Randy Nill said: “This was something I think he felt like he could help children and help himself feel good about what he was doing.
“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.”
Cathy Fithian, principal of Christ the King Parish School told reporters how Nill was “loved” by the kids he protected.
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She said: "He loved the children. The children loved him. They called him Mr. Bob,' she said.
“On Friday, when he went home, he had a lot of Valentines from the kids, gifts and cards, and he just went on and on about the gifts.
“And his son knew that he loved it here and the kids loved him.”
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Mayor David Alvey added: “I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of the crossing guard, and I offer our gratitude on behalf of our residents for his selfless sacrifice in protecting our children.
“The Unified Government staff extends their heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the employee's family, friends, and those affected by this tragedy.”
It is not known yet whether charges will be filed against the driver/
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