A South Carolina family reportedly has a deputy to thank for turning a traffic stop into a rescue operation.
According to Fox News, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy W. Kimbro received a commendation called the “Life-Saving Medal” for restoring a newborn baby’s breathing after determining that she had been choking inside the vehicle.
The ordeal played out on Kimbro’s body camera and shows him respond to learning that the baby was in distress after pulling over a vehicle in Summerville for speeding last month.
“Let me have the baby,” he can be heard saying of Riley, the 12-day-old girl.
After feeling for a pulse, Kimbro apparently sticks his finger in her mouth in an attempt to clear a blocked air passage.
He advised at one point that if “she’s crying like that she’s breathing,” though Riley appears to stop moving and making any noise for a short period during the clip.
Kimbro could be heard discussing the situation with another law-enforcement officer on the scene, saying that the baby’s “lips are a little blue” and she appeared to be “going in an out” of responsiveness.
After Riley begins crying and breathing again, the deputy revealed that he “didn’t feel a heartbeat” when he first took the child and “started massaging her heart.”
Fortunately, he said it appeared to be “real strong now” and emergency medical personnel arrived a short time later to provide further aid.
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