South Carolina Deputy Saves Baby's Life During Traffic Stop

July 16, 2019

A South Carolina deputy pulled over a car for speeding.

That traffic stop saved a 12-day-old baby's life.

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Credit: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office

Deputy W. Kimbro with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office was conducting routine patrol in the Summerville area of Berkeley County when he stopped a vehicle for speeding.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver immediately exited the car and exclaimed that the baby in her vehicle had stopped breathing.

Kimbro knew he needed to act fast to save the baby's life.

In the body cam footage released Thursday, the deputy can be seen feeling for a pulse before beginning to massage little Riley's chest.

 

"Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me," Kimbro can be heard saying.

Moments later, the baby starts crying.

"As long as she's crying like that she's breathing," he said in the video.

Kimbro was able to get the baby to breathe again until EMS could arrive and take over.

The child was taken to a local hospital for observation and released.

"Because of Deputy Kimbro's steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day old baby was able to live," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook. "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!"

Watch the video below.

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