In the midst of chaos and tragedy, a Colorado police officer was caught on camera trying to pacify a little girl whose father was the victim of a fatal rollover crash on Thursday, according to KTLA sister station KDVR.
Brighton police Officer Nick Struck can be seen in the photo tending to a young girl while others on the scene worked to save the individuals who were thrown from the vehicle.
Six people were ejected when the vehicle rolled over. The victims included the child’s father, one woman and four children.
The father was killed, while the mother and three of the four children were injured, KDVR reported.
As paramedics went to work to save them, they handed the fourth child, a 2-year-old girl, to Struck.
“She was crying. She was soaked in gasoline from the truck. The smells were awful,” he told the Denver-area television station.
Struck said he has a two-year-old daughter, and he just did what he would want someone else to do for her.
“My daughter, who’s the sweetest thing in the world when she falls down and cries, she wants ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ sung to her,” Struck told KDVR. “So this girl, I was singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and pointing to the lights in the fire truck.”
Jessica Matrious, who took the emotional photo, told KDVR you could see the little girl relax as the officer sang to her.
“She put her arm around my shoulder just like my daughter does and that’s really when the emotions kicked in,” Struck said.