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Man trying to save friend's dog killed by car

Rest in peace
Handout via NY Daily News

An act of unselfish kindness ended in tragedy last week in O'Fallon, Mo., reported Thursday's New York Daily News.

On Monday afternoon, when 78-year-old Richard Kurtz saw his friend's dog run across a busy highway, he rushed to save him. Kurtz successfully captured the dog, a whippet named "Charlie," and was walking back across the roadway towards home when he, and the dog, were struck by a car.

Kurtz and Charlie were both killed by the impact - the dog was still cradled in the elderly man's arms even after they were hit.

Kurtz's family is mourning their loss - his sister stated:

He was an animal lover and you'd teach your children to never do that but you know, when that happened, he didn't think of himself, he thought of the dog,

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