A South Carolina Deputy’s quick actions helped save a newborn baby’s life. Will Kimbro pulled up a car for speeding recently during routine patrol in Berkeley County, South Carolina, his body cam captured the series of events that happened there.
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said that Kimbro stopped the vehicle, and the driver then got out of the car and shouted that the baby had stopped breathing after having drinking from the bottle.
They further said that the baby’s body was limp and blueish due to lack of oxygen, the deputy then can be seen asking the mother who was on the passenger’s seat, for its name, the deputy then places the baby on his lap, checks its pulse, and starts massaging her heart as part of first aid.
“Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me,” he can be heard saying. “Open those eyes, sweetheart.” Suddenly the baby started crying, Kimbro says: “As long as she’s crying like that she’s breathing. I want you to cry. Come on. I think she’s gonna be OK. She’s breathing,” the officer says to reassure the mother.
The officer keeps performing CPR as the baby’s breathing goes on and off, and finally the baby’s chest began moving, which meant that she was breathing on her own. Then the emergency medical team arrives, and Kimbro and the mother tell them what had happened.
Watch the breathtaking video below.
The baby was placed for observation at a local hospital and then released, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Carli R. Drayton. “As far as we know, the baby has been doing well,” Drayton said. “Because of Deputy Kimbro’s steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day-old baby was able to live,” the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.
Kimbro received a medal for his heroic actions. We salute Deputy Kimbro for his act bravery and also all our police officers who always rise to the occasion and go above and beyond their set of duties.
When we wear the uniform and badge, we become what someone needs at that moment. For one Deputy that meant he needed to become the line between life and death for one young child.
On June 11, a Deputy was conducting routine patrol in the unincorporated Summerville area of Berkeley County when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. What happens next was all captured on his department-issued body camera.
Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver immediately exited the car and exclaimed that the baby in her vehicle had stopped breathing. Deputy W. Kimbro knew he needed to act immediately to save the baby’s life.
Deputy Kimbro made contact with the 12-day-old baby and her mother in the vehicle. The mother told the Deputy the baby stopped breathing after drinking a bottle. Deputy Kimbro took the baby’s limp and cyanotic body and performed lifesaving first aid. As a result, he was able to get the baby to breathe again until EMS could arrive.
Because of Deputy Kimbro’s steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day old baby was able to live. Please join us in congratulating Deputy Kimbro for his gallant actions that prolonged human life. He was awarded the “Life-Saving Medal” from Sheriff Lewis for his heroic actions that day. Well done!
Posted by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, July 11, 2019