Patrolman Nick Struck was dispatched last week to a traffic accident near Interstate 76 in Brighton, Colorado. A vehicle had blown a tire and veered off the highway, rolling over. No passengers were wearing seatbelts. The father of the family was killed instantly. The mother and three of four children were injured. As paramedics worked to save the survivors, they handed the fourth child, a two-year-old girl, to Patrolman Struck. She was crying. She was soaked in gasoline. "The smells were awful," he remembered. So what did he do?
He remembered his own two-year-old daughter. When she falls down and cries, she wants him to sing "Twinkle twinkle little star" to her. So he diverted this little girl's attention away from the accident that killed her Daddy by pointing to the flashing lights of a nearby fire truck and singing "Twinkle twinkle little star." A passerby, Jessica Matrious, saw the crash and stopped to help. She took this picture, which has been tweeted and retweeted thousands of times. "I know for my daughter, it's just the attention that someone is there listening," Struck explained."It's the same with adults, but kids, they take it to a whole other level. I remember when I was holding her, she was grabbing the back of my arm, which is what my daughter does, just stroking to the music."