Firefighter Chris Blazek admitted that his pulse rate jumped a little bit when his engine received a call on Saturday that a pregnant mother and her three small children were involved in a car mishap. “It adds a certain urgency to the call,” Blazek told TODAY. Blazek, 39, helped ease that tension for the distraught mother with a simple gesture once his Chattanooga Fi-re Department crew arrived at the scene.
Once he checked the woman’s 4-month-old daughter for wounds, he asked permission to remove her from her car seat. Blazek then comforted the crying girl by cradling her in his arms. “The second I got done looking her over, she laid her head on my shoulder and just fully embraced me,” he said. “After I sat down, she just immediately went to sleep on me.” The touching scene was captured in a photo by fellow firefighter Kyle Vradenburgh.
Blazek wrote a message to go with the picture, which was posted on the department’s social media page: “It’s moments like this, that I am reminded, this is why I do the job.” A captain and 12-year veteran of the fi-re department, Blazek is also a father of four daughters ranging in age from 3 to 10, so he has plenty of experience when it comes to comforting baby girls. He later heard through the department’s public information officer that the family was fine after being checked at a local hos-pital for any in-juries. The department did not release their names.
By posting the photo, Blazek said his squad was hoping to get the word out about everything being a firefighter entails. “I think everybody thinks that firefighters just run into bur-ning buildings, but there is so much more to the job,” he said. “It was important just knowing that not only I was comforting the little one, but her mom knowing that she was in good hands.”
This is how people reacted to this post:
Marley – Beautiful…this is how we should treat each other with kindness. He’s awesome.
Nintendo – That little girl felt he was a good men. Little children always feel that. God bless these heros!
Marika – Firefighter will always have great respect from everyone.
Connie – Beautiful & Lovely, We need to see more of this in the World today
Velda – Thank you for your service and Baby Girl knew that she was in Safe Hands. Thank you from a Sister in Blue in California
Charlene – thank-you Chris for saving the baby and her family ! You are our hometown hero ! Chattanooga you !
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