That superheroes exist solely in comic books and Marvel films are easy to believe.

As it turns out, they’re everywhere in the shape of individuals who perform exceptional things, sometimes at considerable personal cost.

One of the city’s most beloved crossing guards devoted his life to saving the lives of children in Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday.

For the last five years, 88-year-old Bob Nill had served as a crossing guard at Christ the King Parish School. Many kids referred to him as “Mr. Bob” because of how well he was regarded by them.

On Tuesday morning, at 8 a.m., a dark vehicle sped across Nill’s crossing, according to accounts.

Nill risked his life to rescue two youngsters after recognizing the threat.

It was a good thing that he stopped [the two youngsters] and that they were listening, but then he, of course, was the victim.”

According to eyewitnesses quoted by Fox 4, the 88-year-old woman shoved the children out of the way as the passing automobile went by. Inevitably, this led to his being knocked down. Randy, Nill’s nephew, said the bravery wasn’t out of character for his uncle.

He explained: “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 may be saved some lives.”

On Tuesday morning, at 8 a.m., a dark vehicle sped across Nill’s crossing, according to accounts.

In addition to his employment in banking, Nill also served in the Coast Guard. His community service continued when he took a break from his full-time job as a crossing guard.

According to Randy, “This was something I think he felt like he could help children and help himself feel good about what he was doing,”

On Tuesday, a message was posted on the Facebook page of Christ the King Parish School.

“We’d like to provide you with an update on our crossing guard, Mr. Nill. As we break the news to you of his demise, our thoughts go out to his family and friends. Let’s continue to pray for the safety of Mr. Nill’s loved ones as well as the witnesses to today’s catastrophe.

“Remember, too, that Mr. Nill is a hero. As a vehicle neared, he prevented two of our pupils from crossing the street.”

Rest in peace, Bob Nill. Because of what you did, you’ll always be recognized as a hero for saving people’s lives.

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