A firefighter is being called a hero after comforting a little girl after a car crash in California while her sister and mother were being treated for their injuries.
Video footage showed Heartland Fire & Rescue Department firefighter paramedic Ryan Lopez holding the 4-year-old girl as he carried her away from the wreckage, according to the report.
Lopez, who was wearing firefighter gear, could be seen holding the girl and rocking her. He then carried the girl over to the fire engine and put her down to give her a drink of water.
Lopez told the NBC affiliate that he’s just learning to be a dad to a 2-month-old daughter of his own. "She really just wanted to hang on and just feel safe," he said.
"It's not something I would ever seek out to take any recognition for," he said. "I know someone else in my same position would've done the same thing."
He said what he did is routine and part of his job.
The truck collided with a Chevy, killing two, and they were identified as Nancy Bauerlein, 57, of Santee and her daughter, Jennifer Thompson-Campbell, 29.
Then, big rig hit a family inside a black Kia Sorrento. Two adults and two little girls, ages 4 and 6, were involved in the crash. The 6-year-old suffered a broken neck and was taken Rady Children’s Hospital. The 4-year-old with Lopez suffered minor injuries, NBC reported.