Once again, a member of the American law enforcement community proved that not all heroes wear capes. And once again, the mainstream media was nowhere to be seen in the telling of this story.

We can understand why. This happy ending does nothing to advance their false narrative that all cops are soulless, racist bigots hellbent on destroying the minority and impoverished communities that they police. 

Now, just a few days after an Indiana state trooper saved a 5-year-old Georgia boy’s life after he started choking on a long family road trip, the boy’s family is telling the story behind the scary ordeal.

On Thursday, Maddox Gates, of Marietta, Georgia started choking in his family’s minivan on a rural stretch of highway near Perrysburg, Indiana. The family had been on vacation in Michigan and was on the way home. 

Trooper Ben Reasons was headed home when he got the call about an unconscious boy. He rushed to the scene and was able to do the Heimlich maneuver and save Maddox’s life.

“Maddox had fallen asleep and then looked back, and he had kind of made a noise, like a choking noise, like he was going to throw up,” said mom Jill Gates.

Jill said she tried to give her son a bag, but he got sick on himself.

“And then I was calling his name, and he wasn’t responding to me. His eyes were kind of over to the side and glazed a little bit,” she said. 

Maddox’s dad, Brad, did not waste any time and pulled the side of the road so they could call 911. But would it matter, they were in the middle of nowhere. 

Brad was terrified.

“To see your child like that, and I almost feel helpless to the extent that he’s not responding, and you don’t know what the cause is,” he said.

The family said that State Trooper Ben Reasons seemed to appear out of nowhere. 

“We had these angels watching over us,” Jill said. 

Reasons intervened and Maddox regained consciousness. After spending several hours at a local hospital, doctors cleared him to go home. 

Maddox is now back in Georgia with his family after surviving the terrifying experience. 

“We can’t thank him enough for stopping and doing what he did,” Jill said. 

Maddox’s parents think he may have had a seizure, which caused him to choke.

There are daily occurrences like this. Law enforcement and other emergency responders save lives. Maybe one day the mainstream media will give them credit for what they do.

Back in July, a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina was hailed as a hero after dramatic body-cam footage was released showing his quick actions that saved a newborn baby’s life.

It all started on June 11 with a simple traffic stop for a speeding violation. Berkeley County Deputy W. Kimbro pulled the vehicle over, but when he approached the car, a woman inside the vehicle began screaming to the deputy that her baby was not breathing.

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The baby girl, named Riley, was just 12-days-old at the time of the incident. She was reportedly drinking from a bottle and then all of a sudden became unresponsive. 

The video shows the baby girl appear to be limp and gurgling at the mouth. Deputy Kimbro jumps into action, taking the woman’s child from her arms as she looks on in shock.

The officer takes baby Riley into his arms as he tries to resuscitate her. (BCSO)


The deputy then places Riley on the passenger’s lap as he searches for a pulse. He taps the baby’s chest to try and get her to respond. 

“Come on baby, cry for me,” Deputy Kimbro says. Then, amazingly, the infant child begins audibly crying.

“There you go,” Kimbro says. “As long as she’s crying like that, she’s breathing.”

Kimbro continues to work with the child for nearly seven minutes as she fades back and forth into consciousness. 

“I’m worried about her because she looks like she’s fading in and out,” Kimbro says as the mother relays the situation to a friend or family member.

Deputy Kimbro refused to quit on this unresponsive child. (BCSO)

“She’s gonna be okay, I think she’s gonna be okay, she’s breathing,” Kimbro says as more and more cries come from the baby girl.

The mother and other woman inside the car tell the officer that she might have been choking while she slept after having just drank from a bottle.

“I’m just worried about her because she starts breathing and then stops, starts and then stops again,” Kimbro says as he continues to diligently work on the child.

“The ambulance is on the way,” he says to the women as baby Riley begins to come around. Emergency crews and EMS workers arrive at the scene. Deputy Kimbro relays the message to one of the first responders that Riley was breathing and had a pulse.

This traffic stop couldn’t have come at a better time. The quick and brave reactions of this deputy saved the life of a 12-day-old child. 

Kimbro’s department presented him with a life-saving medal for his heroic actions.

Baby Riley is reportedly alive and well.

Watch the dramatic footage below, which was all caught on the deputy’s body-worn camera.

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