Cute photo of JeffCo deputy and baby at wreck scene getting lots of attention

Published: Oct. 6, 2015 at 1:21 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM CDT
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Deputy Ric Lindley comforts a child at a wreck scene on I-20 near Leeds this morning. (Source:...
Deputy Ric Lindley comforts a child at a wreck scene on I-20 near Leeds this morning. (Source: JeffCo Sheriff's office)
Deputy Lindley. Source: WBRC video
Deputy Lindley. Source: WBRC video
(Source: Megan Hayes/WBRC)
(Source: Megan Hayes/WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A photo of Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Ric Lindley comforting a baby after a wreck on I-20 near Leeds is being shared all over social media on Tuesday.

It garnered a lot oooohs and ahhhs from commenters on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

After Deputy Lindley saw westbound traffic slowing down on I-20 near Leeds on Tuesday, he soon came upon massive wreck.

An ambulance, a tractor trailer and three cars were involved in the crash in the westbound lane near Highway 78, according to the sheriff's office.

Four people were injured in the wreck, which caused at least five miles of delays.

When Lindley went from car to car and saw an infant girl inside one vehicle, he asked the baby's mother if he could hold the child while she calmed down. Thankfully, the baby and her mother were not harmed in the crash.

"She was kind of excited about all the noise and everything going on, which is understandable, but she became calm…and she stayed calm. She smiled," Lindley said.

Officer Tim Sanford took the picture and posted it on social media.

"We can be hard sometimes, that's just the nature of the beast. But at other times, we're not machines, or computers, we have feelings. We are human beings. And, we try to treat people out here just like we would want someone to treat our children, or our spouses, or our parents," Lindley added.

Deputy Lindley says he's received some teasing from his co-workers as well as texts and messages from people who love the picture. The original photo has now been shared more than 5,200 times and liked by nearly 15,000 people on the sheriff's office Facebook page.

"This is what we do," Lindley said.

Deputy Lindley says CNN has also called him and he expects to be interviewed soon.

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