Firefighter comforts boy on first day of school


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – A Lynchburg firefighter is getting a lot of attention on social media for helping a young boy in need on the boy’s first day of school.

“It’s nice to be able to impact somebody’s life when it’s not an emergency situation,” said Christopher Harris.

On Wednesday morning, he was greeting students on the first day of class at Heritage Elementary School.

He noticed the boy, who was upset after getting dropped off. In fact, the boy was crying.

“So I just kind of cheered him up a little bit. I said ‘Hey. You’re a veteran at this. It’s not your first time. Everything is going to be okay. You’re going to have a great first day of school.'”

Christopher Harris, Lynchburg Fire Fighter

It’s a sweet moment that’s captured with a photo and shared across social media.

Harris says ever since the picture hit the internet Wednesday morning his phone has been blowing up with positive messages and he’s humbled by it. He says he’s used to helping people and he got to help in a different way.

“It was a good moment. Nobody was hurt, or injured, or endangered. We were just there to wish everybody good luck and I just so happened to be able to cheer somebody up in a way that we don’t do on a regular basis,” Harris said.

Lynchburg news personality Andre Whitehead took the picture and was moved by what he saw.

“I just feel we have more in common, that we have as far as differences,” said Whitehead. “So to see a young African-American kid being comforted by a white firefighter, I thought ‘Wow, this is a touching moment.'”

Harris said after the boy calmed down, he gave him a sticker and a teacher came and got him and took him into the school. While he didn’t catch his name, he says he hopes that he had a good first day.

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