Deputy Ric Lindley said he just did what any decent person would have done

By Tara Fowler
Updated October 07, 2015 08:40 AM
Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept.

A sheriff’s deputy is being hailed as a hero after a photo of him comforting a crying baby at the scene of an Alabama car wreck on Tuesday captured widespread attention.

When he arrived at the scene of the highway crash, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Ric Lindley saw a visibly shaken woman cradling her sobbing daughter, according to WTSP.

Lindley, a father and a grandfather himself, walked over and offered to take the infant from her. “The lady was scared and holding her baby,” Sgt. Jack Self said. “He asked her if he could hold her baby; she said ‘yes.’ ”

As Lindley rocked the child, the baby girl began to calm down – and so did her mother. A photo, taken by Lindley’s partner, shows him walking down the highway, holding the child’s head, with the scene of the crash behind him.

The photo, shared on the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, quickly attracted lots of attention, with hundreds of people – and even other sheriff’s offices – praising Lindley’s actions.

“You’re in good hands baby girl,” wrote the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

“A dad in a uniform still a dad,” added another person.

But Lindley said he just did what any decent person would have done. “I did nothing heroic,” he told “All I did was hold a baby.”

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