Four-month-old Mechelle Borgelin calmly plopped into the hands of Fayetteville firefighter A.J. Brown, her ruffly pink onesie clashing against his neon orange life jacket.
Brown tenderly cradled Mechelle and carried her to safety as her mom, not far behind, walked through water with the assistance of another firefighter.
The moment, captured by Fayetteville Observer photographer Andrew Craft, became a bright spot in a day for many people in Fayetteville who dealt with heavy flooding that collapsed roads, encroached into homes and forced drivers to find lengthy detours.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/firefighter-cradling-baby-is-bright-spot-on-dreary-day/article_328fe947-8e3f-5a79-9835-1e53f72835e5.html
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