Ryan Lopez, a Heartland Fire & Rescue Department firefighter and paramedic was caught on camera comforting a young girl after a car crash.
It all happened on August 4, 2017. A big rig crossed into oncoming traffic at a San Diego highway and straight against another vehicle, causing several others to crash in the process.
Their identities are yet to be revealed, but it is known that there was also another family member inside the vehicle who suffered minor injuries. All four were assisted by the medical teams on site.
Much like thee 4-year-old girl in Lopez's arms, the mother managed to escape with just a few bruises and cuts, but the 6-year-old broke her neck and had to be rushed to the nearest hospital.
While her family was being taken care off, the little girl rested on the firefighter's shoulder At the time, Lopez had a 2-month-old baby daughter at home, so he knew the importance of trying to keep the child calm.
His father instincts kicked in and overpowered his firefighter side. He just stood there, gently rocking the girl from side to side. At one point, Lopez placed the girl inside the firetruck and gave her some water.
Despite his actions, Lopez refused to be hailed a hero, claiming that any other person would do the same in his position and that it was all part of a day's work.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle while heading south on State Route 125. Two people lost their lives in the accident: Nancy Bauerlein, 57, and her daughter, Jennifer Thompson-Campbell, 29.
The driver of the big rig, an unidentified female, suffered minor injuries and it was determined that she wasn't under the influence of drugs or alcohol while behind the wheel.