On Saturday, Captain Kevin Lloyd and Battalion Chief Allen Hadley from the North Davis Fire District in West Point, Utah, won over hearts after urging a toddler to paint their nails in an effort to calm her down.
Two Utah firefighters are being commended for going beyond the call of duty to calm a "very scared" little girl who had just been in a car collision. According to CBS News, the car accident took place on Saturday when Captain Kevin Lloyd and Battalion Chief Allen Hadley from the North Davis Fire District in West Point, Utah, arrived at the scene and noticed a two-year-old girl, Braelyn, crying in the back of the car. Thankfully, the child didn't suffer any injuries, however, she seemed very scared following the ordeal she had been through. While the paramedics tended to her mother, the officers approached Braelyn who was screaming.
While medics evaluated her mother at the scene of an accident, two Utah firefighters calmed a young girl by letting her paint their nails. https://t.co/nBWPy5sZPM— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) 15 October 2019
Noticing a bottle of nail paint clutched in her hand, the officers began asking her about it in an attempt to take her mind of terrifying the situation she was in. That's when the two decided to let the scared little girl give them a manicure of her choice. Taking to their Facebook page the department appreciatively wrote: This is how amazing our firefighters are. Our A shift Battalion Chief and Captain were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident where a small female child was not injured but very scared.
The two first responders, both fathers of young girls, soothed the upset girl by allowing her to paint their nails after the car accident.https://t.co/VHMqd6pqL2— KWWL (@KWWL) 15 October 2019
The post further mentioned how amazingly the duo handled the situation. After noticing the child was holding bottles of fingernail polish, these 2 officers started talking to her about her polish and asked her I'd she would paint their nails, wrote the station. Soon after this, the girl seemed to be a lot calmer. Within minutes, the child was calmly paining their nails and had forgotten about the accident she had just experienced. Great job Chief Hadley and Captain Lloyd for providing awesome customer service to one of our young citizens, continued the post.
"She’s never painted anyone’s nails before, and now she asks me all the time since Friday," said the 2-year-old's father Brandyn Fernelius according to Fox13. Speaking to the outlet, District Captain Kevin Lloyd said, "When I walked up, she was screaming really really loud." Upon noticing the bottles of nail paint she had in her hand, Llyod said, "It was something common that I could use to help her." Recounting how excited the kid was, he continued, "She just lit up. Every time she switched colors, she would just let out this boisterous laugh and just be excited." Mother Jocelyn said, "She was just happy. And, it just made me feel like I could relax a little bit." Chief Hadley acknowledged his happiness in being the one responsible for putting a smile across his face, while Llyod hilariously added, "She's adorable. We asked if we could keep her." For the girl's mother, this small act of kindness meant a lot. "It just made me feel good, and they care," she said.
To help sooth a crying crash victim, two firefighters signed up for on-scene manicures. Job well done, fellas! https://t.co/4m033oplPB— Cleveland 19 News (@cleveland19news) 15 October 2019
According to the Associated Press, both Llyod, and Hadley, fathers of young girls themselves, knew exactly how to soothe the toddler. Showing off the manicures the officers received, the station also posted pictures on their Facebook account. This selfless and sweet act touched thousands of netizens, and as a result, the post went viral garnering over 14,000 likes and about 4,500 shares. There were scores of comments, including one from the North Davis Fire's Chief, Mark Becraft. He wrote: Kudos to these great guys that serve our community, it's just the little things that make a huge difference.
Several others followed suit in showering the officers with their love. Paula Eliason Taylor wrote: I Love My NDFD Family! You all have love and compassion for those in and out of our communities. May God watch over and bless you all. Bat. Chief Hadley and Capt. Lloyd, you should wear that color more often, it makes your uniforms look even better! Superstar's in uniform and some extra pizzazz! 😘 Another Facebook user, Jaimye-Iyn Carruth added: I have long had the upmost respect for First Responders and Firefighters but this is unparalleled. Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity. May God Bless you & those you love.
OMG! That is the SWEETEST story ever!— Sunshine8 (@Sunshin19962036) 15 October 2019