Watch: Firefighter comforts 4-year-old girl after fatal crash

The firefighter held the girl in his arms and gently rocked her from side to side

By FireRescue1 Staff

SAN DIEGO — A firefighter was recognized for comforting a 4-year-old girl after a highway crash Wednesday.

NBC San Diego reported that Heartland Fire and Rescue firefighter-paramedic Ryan Lopez scooped up the girl and held her in his arms and he carried her away from the wreckage. Her mother and sister were treated for injuries after the crash.

Video footage caught firefighter-paramedic Lopez holding the girl in his arms and gently rocking her from side to side. The girl held on tight, with her head resting on Lopez's shoulder.


A firefighter was seen taking a little girl into his arms and walking her away from the chaos after a deadly big rig crash. The 4-year-old girl was in an SUV with her mother, grandmother and 6-year-old sister, who was seriously hurt:

Posted by FOX 5 San Diego on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lopez, who is a new dad to a 2-month-old girl, said he knew what to do right away.

"She really just wanted to hang on and just feel safe," he said. "It's something any other first responder would have done."

A driver of a big rig lost control and crushed a metal guardrail on the freeway. The driver crossed into northbound traffic lanes and crashed into a concrete divider wall. Two women were killed in the crash.

The 4-year-old girl suffered minor injuries; her sister, 6, suffered a broken neck and the mother of the two girls suffered minor injuries.

Police said the driver of the big rig was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


2 killed. 6 injured including 2 children after big rig crash in #LaMesa. But this touching scene shows a firefighter really stepping up to comfort the youngest victim of the crash. We are at Rady Children's with what we know about this firefighter, the adults injured in the crash and how the girls are recovering. NBC 7 San Diego @ 4:30AM-7AM.

Posted by Liberty Zabala on Thursday, August 3, 2017


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