Officer Nick Struck (post by Frank Somerville KTVU)

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This picture has gone viral.
And you’ll understand why in a moment.

That’s Officer Nick Struck from the Brighton, Colorado Police Department.

He’s trying to distract that little girl he’s holding.
He wanted to keep her from learning that her daddy just died in that car behind them after it rolled over.

Officer Struck told 9NEWS:
“My daughter, when she falls down and hurts herself, I sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’
So I started singing it to the little girl.”

There were six people in the car.
Two adults and four children.
And it appears no one in the car was properly restrained.
Because all of them were ejected.

Officer Struck 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.”

The little girl’s father was the only person killed in the accident.
The other adult and three of the kids were taken to the hospital.

But the little girl in the picture wasn’t hurt.
Officer Struck said he could relate to her because he has a young daughter at home.

“I have a two-year-old daughter and she’s my first kid.
So, of course, your first thought is that could be your little daughter.”

The picture was taken by Jessica Matrious.
She just happened to be passing by at the time.
And what she captured is a piece of police work that we don’t see very often.

As Officer Struck told 9NEWS:
“I’m not a medical person, but I know how to give a hug to somebody, and you better believe every one of those officers on scene would do the same thing.”

The Brighton Police Department posted this picture and the story on their Facebook page.

They said:
“We are extremely proud of the men and women of our department!
Good work, Officer Struck!”

One person left a comment saying:
“His photograph symbolizes what police work is.
Giving a bit of comfort while in the background total chaos is going on.
Great photo and great job Brighton Police Department. “

And another person wrote:
“While it’s never going to detract from this little lady losing her daddy, the officer has made her trauma just a little more bearable.
I hope he stays in her life in some form.”

I salute Officer Struck.
And I sure hope that little girl is going to be okay.
At some point she’s going to learn that daddy is not coming home.
And she’s going to need all the support she can get.

Quotes from Officer Struck courtesy 9NEWS
Picture courtesy Jessica Matrious via Brighton Police Department Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brighton-Police-Department/422571431253696?hc_location=ufi

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One thought on “Officer Nick Struck (post by Frank Somerville KTVU)

  1. Swaran

    Suppose to say police officers are NOT bad people… lol

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