“That’s part of our job,” said the Battalion Chief for Chandler Fire Department. “A lot of times we’re dealing with emotional needs. It’s not just putting out a fire, or putting a Band-Aid on a wound. I’m proud of our guys for doing that.”
For one firefighter, the job isn’t all about battling flames.
At the scene of a recent car accident in Chandler, Arizona, firefighter Russell Whaley stopped what he was doing to comfort a young boy jolted by the wreck. And a photo a passerby took of the touching moment last Friday has since gone viral.
“Firefighters wanted to check me and my daughter out first because we had the most visible damage,” Shana Pacheco, whose 4-year-old son Lucas is the boy in the photo, told TODAY. “And my son started getting worried and scared. He was nervous seeing me with an oxygen mask and all this stuff on me.”
That’s when Whaley distracted Lucas with a book, giving the mom some time to tend to her 2-year-old daughter and give a statement to police.
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