A Colorado police officer — and father — comforted a toddler by singing after her family’s fatal car crash.
A Colorado police officer is being celebrated for the simple, but heroic, act of singing to comfort a young girl after her family was involved in a fatal car crash.
Nick Struck approached the overturned vehicle with a group of officers and paramedics. When they realized the magnitude of the crash — all six occupants of the car had been thrown from the vehicle — one of the paramedics handed the little girl to Officer Struck.
Seeing that the girl was soaked in gasoline and obviously upset, Struck’s fatherly instincts kicked in. He began singing the same song he sings to his own 2-year-old daughter when she is upset: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
To distract the girl’s attention away from the crash, he pointed out lights from helicopters flying in to take her, her mother, and her three siblings to the hospital.
“I took her away into the little grass field,” Struck told CNN. “And that’s when all my emotions started coming to.”
“That’s where I thought, oh man, this girl’s the exact same size as my little girl,” he said. “She’s crying. She’s soaked in gasoline.”
Sadly, the girl’s father was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl and her 4-year-old brother were eventually released, but her mother and siblings remained.
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