A heartwarming picture of a firefighter cradling an infant girl has gone viral.
‘It’s moments like this, that I am reminded, this is why I do the job,’ said Fire Captain Chris Blazek, in a statement about the incident on Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Chattanooga Fire Department shared the photo on it’s social media page where it quickly spread, getting over 5,000 shares.
A Pregnant Mother Crashed Her Car
Captain Blazek was exhausted after responding to a house fire, and was just about to get into the firehouse shower.
That’s when a frantic call came in about a car incident on Highway 58.
A pregnant mother was driving the crashed vehicle and had her three young daughters, ranging in age from 7 years to four months, in the back seat.
‘The mother was hysterical because she was having abdominal and back pain,’ Blazek recalled.
The Little Girl Laid On The Fireman’s Shoulder
‘Both big girls were fine, but the baby was screaming hysterically too. So I took her out of her car seat and did a quick physical exam to make sure she was okay,’ the fire captain said.
‘She immediately laid her head on my shoulder. Shortly after that I decided that my guys had the scene under control, so I decided to sit and take a break with my new friend. She immediately fell asleep in my arms.’
The mother was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation. Blazek’s crew remained on the scene until the girls’ other family members could arrive.
The photo of Blazek was taken by Kyle Vradenburgh, a fellow Engine 6 firefighter.
‘For firefighters, this is what’s it’s all about,’ the department wrote of the heartwarming picture.