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Offering comfort part of the firefighting job

D'Iberville firefighters also show compassion when dealing victims in an emergency. (Photo source: WLOX News) D'Iberville firefighters also show compassion when dealing victims in an emergency. (Photo source: WLOX News)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

When firefighters arrive to an emergency scene, battling a blaze or pulling someone from a crushed vehicle are often what we think of when it comes to their duties.Their job actually goes beyond physically dealing with a situation. Sometimes they have to help victims emotionally.

Rushing out to a fire, then battling a blaze or car wreck the physically demanding profession of firefighting can be unpredictable.

"You never know who is going to be in an accident. When it's going to happen or who is going to be there," said Chris Holland who is an engineer for the D'Iberville Fire Department.

Once on the scene rescuers are conditioned to quickly evaluate how to handle any emergency.

"You could be a firefighter. You could work on the MS side. Other times you may actually have to be a counselor while you're doing it," said D'Iberville Fire Chief Gerald Smith.

Sometimes they have to tap into a softer side when dealing with kids.

"Whenever we talk to a kid we always try to get on their eye level. So we'll kneel down. We'll squat down. We'll talk to them. Introduce ourselves make sure they know we're here to help," said firefighter Casey Lessard.

Lessard is no stranger to handling an emergency with children. Recently he used a very powerful tool to help ease the mind of a little car accident victim. He played the movie, "Happy Feet" on his phone while the child's mother and siblings were rushed away from him to the hospital.

"He went from panicking and fidgeting around. He kind of calmed down. He noticed that he had some friends," said Lessard.

Tapping into his inner child is just one of the many hats Lessard wears to get the job done.

"Whether it be giving a child a teddy bear or maybe showing a video to them on your phone. Kids hate needles. If you can take their mind off the needles, they tend to respond a lot better," said Lessard.

There is a GoFundMe account to help with medical bills it's called: Blair and Walker Family.

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