When the first responders arrive at a scene, they don’t know what they will encounter, so they train for all sorts of situations.
When the emergency response showed a scene accident in Billings, Montana, around 8:00 pm on Sept. 29, it was very clear that while there were no devastating disasters (thanks), a different kind of help was needed.
The two vehicles involved in the accident were severely damaged, but while fixing everything, a 26-year-old firefighter Ryan Benton saw an opportunity to help one of the lowest people present and dropped to the side of a book, which is being read. in a woman who was involved in the catastrophe.
Bystander Allie Marie Schmalz saw the fire quietly doing this important work and it had to be obtained.
“Best thing ever!” he posted on Facebook with the photo on Sept. 29. “This firefighter was reading books to a little girl after the accident. The first responders were surprising.”
The photo soon went viral, as it highlighted some of the work first responder do that often unnoticed.
While Benton himself declined to comment, his friends and family were more than happy to talk about his kind heart.
“Benton took to reading a story to the girl while her parents were dealing with the accident,” said media coordinator for the Billings Fire Department, Cameron Abell, Fox News.
“It allowed him to calm down and allowed parents the ability to focus on getting the feeling of normal back after a traumatic event like an accident.
“As this photo shows, our people are the light on a cold scary night. They will come for you when your darkest moment happens.”
Thanks to donations from Rimrock Credit Union and Usborne Books, the fire department was given a book and gift bags designed for situations like this, where children could use a shift and a sense of normality once the most pressing need is addressed.
“We’re going to take care of the work we do there,” Abell said KTVQ. “That is our first priority. But many hours later like the story you saw in the post on social media. That firefighter, Ryan, he was there, they were cleaning up the car accident, and so he picked it up, to take the time to make the kids feel safe.
“Ryan was really a humble person, and he would probably kill me for kind of putting his attention. But he, he did a great job that day and he said he didn’t want to go to the interview because he had a job. that and he’s just doing his job. And that’s kind of how we all feel. But we all know when someone does something like this and is spotlighted for it, it’s good to acknowledge their great work. “
Benton’s wife Katy also commented on Schmalz’s post.
“[W]ill u show him and tell him that was the sweetest thing ever to see ??? ”Schmalz wrote. “He was very kind to her and gave her a small bag full of goodies. She sat there for some reading with him and it was very good and important.”
“[H]already seen it! “Katy replied.” I’m his wife. Thanks for this post! I’m so proud when I saw these pictures !! “
It may have been “part of the job” for Ryan, but he’s clearly very good at his job and appreciates people’s day – especially a little girl – thanks to his willingness to face any situation.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.
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