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Firefighter Soothes Young Car Crash Victim By Playing 'Happy Feet' (Photo)

A Mississippi firefighter comforted a young car crash victim by playing the movie "Happy Feet" on his phone. A photo of the touching moment has since gone viral.

An adult was driving a SUV with five children down an exit ramp in September when the vehicle left the road and rolled several times, smashing the roof, 9 News reported at the time.

D'Iberville firefighter Casey Lessard laid down next to one of the children as they waited for medical transportation and tried to comfort him after the traumatic incident.

Lessard took out his phone and showed the young boy clips of "Happy Feet," an animated movie about emperor penguins in Antarctica. A picture of the firefighter showing the movie to the car crash victim (below) was originally captured by the Sun Herald, but the story has since been removed from the paper's website.

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(Firefighter Casey Lessard playing "Happy Feet" clips for young car crash victim. Photo Credit: John Fitzhugh/Sun Herald via 9 News)

Darren Peterson, D'Iberville fire captain, said his team does everything they can to soothe children who are involved in such events, according to 9 News.

"We do whatever we can to calm them down," Peterson said. "The video calmed him down instantly."

A total of 638 children ages 12 and younger died as passengers in car crashes in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. More than 127,250 were injured in car crashes that same year.

Of those who died in a collision, 38 percent were unbuckled.

Sources: 9 News, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Photo Credit: John Fitzhugh/Sun Herald via 9 News, Sun Herald/Twitter

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