Firefighter calms down injured boy, 4, with ‘Happy Feet’ after Mississippi car crash

Firefighter calms down injured boy, 4, with ‘Happy Feet’ after Mississippi car crash
( ENSPIRE NEWS ) Firefighter calms down injured boy, 4, with ‘Happy Feet’ after Mississippi car crash
A Mississippi firefighter was quick to his feet to help an injured child — with “Happy Feet.”
As a scared 4-year-old boy waited for an ambulance after a car crash, firefighter Casey Lessard calmed him down by showing the animated dancing penguin movie on his phone Saturday. “He went from crying to instantly calm,” Captain Darren Peterson told the Daily News Tuesday.
Lessard said he wanted to “take the bad out of the situation” and found the first movie that popped up on Netflix as they waited on I-10 in D’Iberville, a small town off the Gulf of Mexico.
“He was still scared,” Lessard said. “He watched (the movie) for a little bit with me, but then he’d go back to fidgeting and worrying about his family.”
Lessard was called to the scene after a woman and her five children, ages 1 to 7, were involved in a single vehicle car crash. The woman and three kids were ejected from the SUV as it flipped repeatedly, resulting in serious injuries, authorities said.
The 4-year-old boy and a sister were in car seats and suffered the least critical injuries. Good Samaritans got them out of the overturned car before authorities arrived.
The boy was the last to be transported to the hospital, and Lessard tried to distract him as they waited.
Firefighter calms down injured boy, 4, with ‘Happy Feet’ after Mississippi car crash
Lessard soon learned the boy’s favorite colors are yellow and green and that he likes turtles.
Lessard later found out the boy was his friend’s future stepson. He was released from the hospital Monday as two of his siblings are in critical condition. Their mother broke several bones, including her spine, but managed to walk, according to a family fundraising page.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. “I just did my job,” Lessard said. “I know everyone else in our department would’ve done the same thing.”
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