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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