Photo Of Hueytown, AL Police Officer Helping Little Girl After Car Wreck Goes Viral On Social Media
Start off Sunday morning on a positive note.
A photo of a Hueytown officer taking care of a little girl who was in a wreck this week is gaining lots of attention after the police department posted it on Facebook.
The image shows a Hueytown officer walking next to the toddler, who is holding a stuffed animal.
“This child was riding in a vehicle that was part of a three-car accident today,” Police Chief Chuck Hagler said in the post, which was shared on Thursday.
“She was very upset until she made a new friend, one of my officers. Moments like this are the best part of what we do, but you won’t see it on the news,” Hagler said.
So far the post has been shared 1,597 times and has been “liked” by almost 3,000 people.
The top comment comes from a person who said she drove by the wreck.
“The care your office took with this little girl made my heart smile!” Marjorie Roberts posted.
Police departments often collect stuffed animals to give to children who are involved in a wreck or other situations where they may be scared.
“This way we have something to give to that child to alleviate some of that fear that they may have with the police department,” Birmingham Police Sgt. Charles Singletary said.
“That way they won’t take that moment and put it with the police department. Everytime you see the police, think of that moment. Now they’ll be thinking about that moment or that teddy bear or that toy that was given to them,” he added.
Earlier this year, students at Our Lady of Sorrows in Homewood collected more than 100 stuffed animals to donate to police department so they could give them to children in times of need.