CHANDLER, Arizona– A picture of a firefighter in Arizona reading a book to a little boy at the scene of a car crash has gone viral.
A woman named Steffani Blair posted the photo on her Facebook page, and said:
“I want to share a story. A story of incredible good. We hear enough bad, so please share this one far and wide, I would love for it to find this fantastic firefighter or his family.”
Blair said she passed an accident and stopped to make sure everyone was okay. She sat with one of the children until emergency crews arrived. When they did, she caught this “sweet picture of one of Chandler’s finest reading to this amazing little boy.”
Blair ended her Facebook post:
“Be kind to our first responders, they have a tough job, and they do it EXCEPTIONALLY well. Grateful to have witnessed this sweet tender mercy today.”
The firefighter, Russell Whaley, told TODAY, “He was wearing a Ninja Turtles T-shirt, so we started talking about that. And the next thing I know, we have a book in front of us and he’s sitting on my lap and we’re reading a book on the side of the freeway.”
The mom of the 4-year-old boy named Lucas said she’s so grateful to Whaley. Lucas was becoming scared and worried seeing his mom in an oxygen mask, so the book was the perfect distraction.
The woman and her 2-year-old daughter suffered some seat belt burns and bruises in the crash, but are okay.