Recently, a vehicle was stopped for what seemed to be routine speeding in South Carolina... and it turned into a life-saving event.
Deputy W. Kimbro couldn't have known that he would end up saving the life of a tiny baby girl named Riley when he turned on the lights of his police cruiser after witnessing a car speeding down a lane on June 11. As thestir.cafemom.com reports, the deputy pulled over a car for speeding during a routine patrol only to realize that the driver and passenger were speeding for a very good reason... they were rushing to get medical attention for the mother's (passenger) baby who wasn't breathing at the moment.
Both women were understandably panicking. Luckily, the Berkeley County deputy had a cool head and a steady hand and leapt into quick action. After the driver told the deputy that the 12-day-old infant had been at home in her bassinet and seemed to be choking on something, Deputy Kimbro knew just what to do.
He gently held Riley on her mother's lap while firmly massaging her heart and checking for her pulse often. It should be pointed out that paramedics had been notified of the situation and were on their way at this point but thankfully, Deputy Kimbro had it under control until the medic team arrived.
"Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me," Kimbro can be heard on a video posted on thestir.cafemom.com from the deputy's body cam footage. "Open those eyes, sweetheart." Just then, Riley can be heard softly crying. "As long as she’s crying like that she’s breathing," Kimbro says. "I want you to cry. Come on."
Deputy Kimbro heroically continued lifesaving methods with little Riley until the paramedics arrived six minutes later, which may not seem like a long time but while performing CPR, can seem like a lifetime. For his extraordinary efforts, he is being awarded by the Sheriff's Department with a "Life-Saving Medal" which is definitely well-deserved.
Berkeley County PD's Facebook page has stated that Riley is recovering well. Lots to be grateful for! Thank you, Deputy Kimbro!