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Photo of Tennessee firefighter cradling the girl after car crash goes viral

A photo of Capt. Chris Blazek, of the Chattanooga Fire department, cradling a baby after she was in a car accident on the State Route 58 has gone viral since the department posted on Facebook Monday.

(Chattanooga Fire Department)

A Tennessee fire captain is being praised online for his heroic efforts after he was photographed hugging a child after she was in a car accident.

Captain Chris Blazek, of the Chattanooga Fire department, said that he was sent with the Engine 6 to the scene of a car accident on Saturday on State Route 58.

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Three small children, ages four months to seven years, were in the car, and their pregnant mother, was “hysterical” by the stomach and pain in the back. The two older children were fine, Blazek said, but the youngest was angry, too.

The fire captain wrote in a Facebook post that he quickly examined her to make sure she was fine, the baby is immediately laid her head on my shoulder.”

Blazek said that the fire brigade was on the spot the situation sorted out, so he “decided to sit and take a break with my new friend.”

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While the mother was transported, presumably to a hospital, Engine 6 firefighters stayed with the children until family members were available.

“It is at moments like this,” Blazek said, “that I am reminded, this is the reason why I do the work.”

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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