Cop helps save 12-day-old baby during traffic stop

Jacob Bruggeman

A South Carolina police officer became a hero last month when he pulled a car over for speeding and found in it a mother rushing her newborn daughter to the hospital. The mother said that her child, a 12-day-old baby named Riley, had stopped breathing after being fed. 

Deputy William Kimbro of Berkeley County didn't hesitate to begin first aid.

In the video, recorded by the officer's body camera, Kimbro can seen tapping the baby's chest in order to get her heart beating. He can also be heard saying "come on baby, cry for me, cry for me," and mentioning that he was concerned because the baby's lips were turning blue. Riley's breathing was intermittent, and Kimbro continued to perform CPR until Riley's chest started to move — a sign that she was breathing on her own. He stayed with the baby until medical services arrived.

South Carolina officer helped save a baby's life.

The sheriff's office wrote on Facebook that "because of Deputy Kimbro's steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day-old baby was able to live." Kimbro was awarded a Life-Saving Medal from the Berkeley County sheriff.

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