BERKELY COUNTY, S.C. – A Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy is being 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.
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 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.”
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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.
“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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