A powerful photo of a deputy comforting a baby girl at the scene of a highway accident in central Alabama has become a social media sensation.

The photo, taken Tuesday, shows Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Ric Lindley on the scene of the accident on I-20 near Leeds, Alabama.

AL.com reports Lindley and his partner were first to arrive on the scene of the crash, which involved an ambulance, a tractor-trailer and three passenger cars.

Some people were hurt, but no one was seriously injured.

After helping who they could, Lindley noticed a distressed young mother leaning against her car with her crying infant.

A lifelong lover of children, Lindley asked if he could hold the child.

"The baby was fine because she had been buckled in a car seat, but she was upset to start with,'' Lindley told AL.com.

"After I held her and walked a bit, she quieted down. I recalled my days as a young father and young grandfather, and I put those skills to work and calmed the baby down. She had a very sweet little personality."

Lindley said he held the child for a “good while, at least an hour and a half” so that the mother could regain her composure. During that time, his partner snapped the now-viral photo.

Many people have left comments expressing gratitude and blessings to Lindley for his act of caring, although if you ask him, “All I did was hold a baby.”

Sometimes that’s enough, deputy!

Deputy Ric Lindley comforts a child at the scene of a traffic accident on I-20 near Leeds this morning.

Posted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, October 6, 2015


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