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Body cam captures deputy’s lifesaving efforts for 12-day-old baby


SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WFLA/CNN) – For a South Carolina family getting pulled over for speeding may have saved a life.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy Will Kimbro’s body camera was rolling when he approached a car on June 11th.

He was expecting a routine stop — but what he got was anything but as a 12- day-old baby’s life was literally on the line.

The newborn’s mother said the baby stopped breathing after drinking a bottle.

Deputy W. Kimbro Saves 12-day-old Baby

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

Deputy Kimbro took the infant and performed first aid to get her breathing again.

His actions earned him the “Life-saving medal” for the sheriff.

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