A heartwarming photo came out of tragedy in Brighton, Colo., last week. Nick Struck was one of the police officers to arrive at the scene Thursday after a one-car crash ejected six people from an SUV, including one man who died at the scene. Struck was handed the man’s two-year-old daughter—one of the four children who were also thrown from the vehicle along with a woman—and a witness took a photo of him holding and apparently distracting the little girl. She shared it with 9 News, and Struck explained to the station that he has a two-year-old daughter of his own, so he instinctively started singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" just as he would have to his own child.
"The role we do is to keep them safe, what would I want that dad to do if it was my daughter," Struck tells the station. "I know for my daughter, it's just the attention that someone is there, listening. ... I remember when I was holding her, she was grabbing the back of my arm, which is something my daughter does. Just stroking to the music, 'twinkle, twinkle.'" The story, of course, has now gone viral. "We are extremely proud of the men and women of our department!" the Brighton Police Department posted on Facebook, along with the photo. "Good work, Officer Struck! Thank you, 9NEWS (KUSA), for covering this!"