The policeman pictured cradling a two-year-old girl after her father was killed in a car crash has spoken about the heartbreaking scene.
Officer Nick Struck sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ to distract her as emergency services battled to save her family in Brighton, Colorado US.
Her mother and one sibling were airlifted to hospital while road ambulances took two other siblings to A&E.
Nobody in the car was wearing a seat belt, police confirmed.
Mr Struck, who has a two-year-old daughter himself, was the third officer on the scene and was handed the toddler as soon as he arrived.
He held the youngster away from the wreckage as he held her in his arms.
He told 9News: ‘When you hear that there’s children involved, I’ll tell you what, everyone that responds to that scene, you get that pit in your stomach.
‘The first thing we do when we get on scene is we just try to, if we can comfort anybody, of course we’re going to go to the kids.
‘So then the role we do is, to keep them safe, what would I want that dad to do if it was my daughter.’
He continued: ‘I know for my daughter, it’s just the attention that someone is there, listening. It’s the same for adults, but kids, they take it on a whole other level.
‘They’ll gravitate to you, and 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 incredible picture was taken by Jessica Matrious last Thursday. It quickly went viral.