Officer Nick Struck was one of the first to respond to a fatal car crash in Brighton, Colorado. The scene of the crash involved a single-vehicle rollover which resulted in the death of one man as well as injuries for the remaining passengers, one woman and four children.
All six of the passengers had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
In an interview, Struck noted, “When you hear that there’s children involved, I’ll tell you what, everyone that responds to that scene, you get that pit in your stomach. The first thing we do when we get on scene is we just try to, if we can comfort anybody, of course we’re going to go to the kids.”
At the scene of the crash, Struck was handed one of the children, a little two-year-old girl, by another first-responder. The girl’s father was the man who died during the crash. “I have a two-year-old daughter and she’s my first kid. So of course, your first thought is that could be your little daughter.”
Struck immediately began to distract the child from the scene of the fatal crash and started singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Struck said, “I know for my daughter, it’s just the attention that someone is there, listening. It’s the same for adults, but kids, they take it on a whole other level. They’ll gravitate to you, and I remember when I was holding her, she was grabbing the back of my arm, which is something my daughter does. Just stroking to the music, ‘twinkle, twinkle.'”
A witness of the crash, Jessica Matrious, managed to capture the moment between the police officer and the little girl after she saw the vehicle crash.
The photo of the two has now spread throughout the internet and only continues to gain popularity.
“I’m not a medical person,” said Struck, “but I know how to give a hug to somebody, and you better believe every one of those officers on scene would do the same thing.”