A Mississippi fireman had to think quick on his feet when dealing with a hurt child after a car accident and he did it with “Happy Feet.”
As a terrified 4-year-old boy awaited an ambulance after a car crash, fireman Casey Lessard calmed him down by pulling out his phone and playing him the animated movie “Happy Feet.”
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“He went from crying to instantly calm,” Captain Darren Peterson told the press.
Lessard said he wanted to “take the bad out of the situation” and chose the first movie that popped up on his Netflix as they waited on side of the road 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.”
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Lessard and his team were called to the scene after a woman and her five kids, ages 1 to 7, were involved in a single vehicle car accident. The woman and 3 kids were thrown from the SUV as it flipped 3 times, resulting in life threatening injuries, authorities said.
The 4-year-old boy and his sister were in car seats and suffered critical injuries. Good Samaritans got them out of the overturned car before firemen arrived.
The boy was the last to be taken to the hospital, and Lessard tried to distract him as they waited.
As they waited, Lessard learned the boy’s favorite colors are yellow and green and that he loves turtles.
Lessard later found out the boy was one of his buddies future stepson. He was released from the hospital Monday. 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.”