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A Cop Sang A Lullaby To Distract A Little Girl After Her Dad Was Killed In A Car Crash

Officer Nick Struck said he began singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," to the 2-year-old girl and rocking her as he does to his own child when she is upset.

Last updated on June 23, 2015, at 6:04 p.m. ET

Posted on June 21, 2015, at 1:18 p.m. ET

A police officer in Colorado is being praised online after a witness captured a poignant moment between him and a toddler whose father had just died in a car accident.

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The photo of Officer Nick Struck of the Brighton Police Department and the little girl was captured by a witness named Jessica Matrious, who shared it with 9News.

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Struck had responded to the scene of a single-car rollover crash early on Thursday morning, the department said in a press release.

Officers found that two adults and four kids had been involved in the crash, and they all had been ejected from the vehicle.

The adults were the parents of the four children. The father died at the scene. The mom and another child were airlifted to local hospitals, while the three other children were taken to hospitals by ambulances.

It appears none of those in the vehicle were "properly restrained," authorities said.

Struck told BuzzFeed News that the scene was heartbreaking.

β€œ(The) field was scattered with kids," he said.

The officer said that he was handed one of the children, a girl around age 2, because she was not badly injured.

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He said he knew he had to find a way to distract the crying girl, who was soaked with gasoline, and calm her down.

"We walked away from the scene because there were screams," he said.

The child reminded Struck of his own toddler daughter, Struck said.

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β€œWhen I held her she fit exactly as my daughter fits in my arms," he said.

So, he said his fatherly instincts kicked in. He began singing to the girl "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," and rocking her as he does to his own little girl when she is upset.

β€œShe calmed down and she stopped crying," he said.

The photo of Struck and the girl soon spread online. Many people commented on the department's Facebook page, saying they were glad to have an officer like Struck in the community.

The department said they are proud of all of their officers.

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But Struck said he was just doing what his fellow officers all do every day.

"It's humbling just because you'd never want the focus on you," he said.