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September 20, 2018

Photo of firefighter cradling little girl after her pregnant mom crashed their car goes viral

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An adorable photo of a firefighter cradling a four-month-old girl in his arms is melting hearts all over social media. The man, Captain Chris Blazek, attended a car crash call even though he was exhausted from turning off a house fire hours before. The reward was invaluable.

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The Chattanooga Fire Department has been getting a lot of attention from people across the country thanks to a photo they shared of one of their Captains resting with a little girl in his arms after a car crash that, fortunately, didn’t have any casualties.

In a statement released alongside the photo, Blazek revealed the sweet history behind the shot. He was back at the hall after attending a house fire on Saturday when his unit was dispatched to a car incident on Highway 58. “I was literally in the shower,” he said.

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When they arrived the scene, they found that a pregnant mom had crashed her car and her three daughters, from age 7 to four-months, were in the back seat. The woman was hysterical about having back and abdominal pain, and even though the older girls were fine, the baby was probably scared and screaming as well.

The man decided to step up and take care of the girl, as he stated:

“I took her out of her car seat and did a quick physical exam to make sure she was okay. She immediately laid her head on my shoulder. Shortly after that, I decided that my guys had the scene under control, so I decided to sit and take a break with my new friend. She immediately fell asleep in my arms.”

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That’s when Kyle Vradenburgh, a fellow Engine 6 firefighter, took the photo that has become viral with over 14K likes and more than 5k shares only on Facebook.

The mother was taken to a hospital to receive the required medical attention, and the rest of the crew, including Blazek, remained at the scene taking care of the girls until some family members arrived to get them.

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“It's moments like this, that I am reminded, this is why I do the job,” concluded Chris Blazek. 

The mother of the girl, Whittley Hightower, left a comment in the picture expressing her gratitude to the man:

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And he answered:

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We’re glad to know that Mrs. Hightower is now doing fine and that it was just a bad experience that hopefully she and her daughters will get over quickly. Is good to be reminded that firemen are also human and get tired, and even in those moments, they do everything in their hands to take care of others.

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