A firefighter is in the spotlight following aerial footage was released showing him using a 4-year-old woman involved in a huge rig accident on a street. Following the ‘Swift Transportation’ rig lost control and smashed through the metal guardrail, it entered oncoming traffic, completely wiping out two cars before coming to a halt throughout the motorway.
The 4-year-old girl in control of the rig wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. As a paramedic of this Heartland Fire and Rescue Department, Mr. Lopez was quick to come to the help of the people who were involved, immediately rushing to assist a 4-year-old toddler.
The uninjured toddler had been instantly scooped up by Mr. Lopez, who carried her away from the spectacle, where her sister and mother were treated by paramedics. The toddler sister suffered a broken neck during the impact and wasn’t breathing when paramedics came, while the woman’s mother only suffered minor injuries.
Knowing how terrified this poor young woman must be, Mr. Lopez didn’t hesitate to eliminate her from the trying scene. Cradling her in his arms, Mr. Lopez distracted the toddler by revealing her tools on his jacket, pointing out that the different parts of the fire engine and giving her some water.
Aerial footage shows the toddler tucked firmly into Mr. Lopez’s arms as he comforted her and reassured her that she was safe. Mr. Lopez was hailed a hero because of his compassionate attitude together with the young woman. However, regardless of the media attention, Mr. Lopez has remained humble, simply noting that “it’s not something I would ever seek out to take recognition for.
Having recently welcomed his own daughter into the world, Mr. Lopez’s paternal instincts helped him maintain the toddler calm. Regrettably, not everyone involved in the accident was lucky as this 4-year-old girl.
A shameful KIA was also hit, leaving a 6-year-old woman, who was not restrained in her car seat, at a vital condition and three others, including the 4-year-old toddler, with some minor injuries. Both children were hurried to Rady Children’s Hospital alongside their mother, together with the 6-year-old girl allegedly at a secure state.
While police have not been able to determine the reason for the crash, they’re expecting that footage recovered by the rig’s dashboard camera may shed some light on the circumstance. The driver of the rig along with her male passenger just suffered superficial injuries.
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