South Carolina Deputy Saves Baby’s Life Following Traffic Stop

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. — A Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy saved a 12-day-old baby’s life and it was all captured on his body worn camera.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, on June 11th , 2019, Deputy W. Kimbro stopped a vehicle for speeding and the driver quickly exited the car and told him that her baby had stopped breathing.

The mother told deputy Kimbro that the baby stopped breathing after taking a bottle, so Deputy Kimbro began life-saving  first aid. Deputy Kimbro was able to detect a pulse and began repeatedly tapping the baby’s chest and inserting his finger in her mouth to allow airflow until the baby began to cry.

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 was able to keep the baby breathing until EMS arrived.

For his heroic efforts, Berkeley County Sheriff Lewis award Deputy Kimbro the “Life-Saving Medal.”