Firefighters calm scared little girl at accident scene by asking her to paint her nails

In addition to saving lives and putting out flames, firefighters have a responsibility to reassure their community that everything will be OK, even after incidents. Firefighters often interact with people who have had a traumatic experience, such as an accident or the loss of their home. In such situations, excellent interpersonal skills and a strong, calming presence are critical. The situation for two firefighters was that… they showed that sometimes getting a manicure is the most manly thing you can do.

The North Davis Fire Department in Utah dispatched Chief Allen Hadley and Captain Kevin Lloyd to the scene of a car accident. There they met a little girl who was crying, although she was uninjured in the accident. The firefighters tried to calm and cheer her up. After noticing her holding two bottles of nail polish, they struck up a conversation with her. Then they went one step further and suggested that she paint their nails with nail polish! It was a kind, considerate gesture.

These firefighters probably don’t do their nails very often, but it gave the girl something to do while she was distracted by the disaster. And amazingly, it worked wonders. “Within minutes, the child was calmly painting her nails and had forgotten about the accident she had just experienced,” the North Davis Fire District wrote on its Facebook page. “Great job Chief Hadley and Captain Lloyd for providing excellent customer service to one of our young citizens.”

The firefighters received praise from commenters for their considerate actions: “Strong enough to wear purple and not care,” one person wrote. “Fantastic work!” It’s amazing how a simple, thoughtful interaction like this can really make a difference to someone and make them happy. Let’s thank these firefighters for going above and beyond! Share this inspiring story!

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