Video of firefighter reading to little girl will melt your heart

Firefighters not only fight fires they also step in when the community needs them most.
Firefighters not only fight fires they also step in when the community needs them most. Photo: Shutterstock

Firefighters who looked after a little girl so her dad could ride in the ambulance with his other child are being praised for going above and beyond their regular duties.

The Roseville Fire Department from Roseville, California, had responded to an emergency medical call when they offered to sit with the girl until her mum returned home. This meant the dad could travel with his other child to hospital.

The fire department uploaded images and a video of crew member Engineer Burns reading Robert Lopshire's Put Me in the Zoo to the little girl on its Facebook page.

The caption said: "Engine 5 responded to a medical call this afternoon where the patient (who is a minor) had to be transported to the hospital by AMR with the dad. The Engine 5 crew stayed with the sibling until mom, who was out at the time, could come home. During this time Engineer Burns did a great job keeping her entertained reading books!"

The post's been liked nearly 2,000 times.

The gesture has shown that firefighters not only fight fires they also step in when the community needs them most. And their actions helped out a family when they needed it most.

The response to the firefighter supporting the family was overwhelmingly positive.

One person wrote: "Now that man deserves a big round of applause and big award for being a great chief! My hats go off to you and your random act of kindness, we need many like you!"

Another wrote: "You guys are so kind! Thank you so much for all you do!"

And this person said: "Lovely to see how much of the extra mile our first responders will go. THANK YOU, Engineer Burns and others like you!"