Chalk this one up to the big man upstairs.
“I think it was a God thing. I think it was the right place, right time, and being put in that position for the right reason, Jeremie Nix said.
Marion County Sherrif’s Deputy Jeremie Nix and his wife Nikki have a strong bond with a little man named Kingston Crowell.
They celebrated the toddler’s first birthday in January.
They have frequent playdates.
They visit on Christmas.
And it’s all because the deputy helped save the boy’s life.
On May 9, 2018, Kingston stopped breathing. His frantic mom and sister pulled over and flagged down Deputy Nix.
He was captured on dashcam video doing CPR.
But it didn’t work, so he rushed the baby to Ocala Regional Hospital. That’s where doctors revived the child.
“I remember dropping to my knees and just screaming, ‘Thank God!’ I could breathe!” Nechole Crowell, Kingston’s mother, said.
In a show of gratitude and appreciation, Crowell asked Jeremie and Nikki Nix to be Kingston’s godparents several months later. The two families became one.
“Like we were kind of attached from the moment it happened. He just said, ‘I’m not leaving your son, until I know he’s OK’ and it’s just been him and Nikki since,” Crowell said.
That new family, created by a life-threatening emergency, has turned into something incredibly special.
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Kingston’s mom was able to see beyond the uniform and recognize a hero. And the Deputy learned about a single mom’s struggles working full-time and earning a nursing degree at the same time.
“So, it’s opened a door to have conversations and create new relationships and friends that we would have never had before,” Jeremie Nix said.
Crowell says you don’t have to be blood to be family, and we can all learn life lessons from others.
“And so he has another family that can teach him a lot more and we can all work together. You know, no matter color, race, whatever, it’s just, you see genuine love,” said Crowell.
Deputy Nix says there’s much more coming.
“God’s got a great plan for Kingston and he’s got great things in store for that little guy that we were able to set on the right path that day,” Jeremie Nix said.