BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - It’s a significant honor for anyone to have their name read into the congressional record. Rep. Joe Cunningham, who represents parts of Berkeley County, decided on Wednesday that a Berkeley County deputy who saved a baby’s life was worthy of the moment.
Cunningham spoke on the house floor Wednesday morning to commend Deputy William Kimbro’s actions.
“I rise today to honor the valiant actions of Deputy William Kimbro of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office,” Cunningham said. “On June 11th, Deputy Kimbro pulled over a speeding vehicle to find out that 12-day-old Riley had stopped breathing. She needed immediate help, so without hesitation, Deputy Kimbro administered life-saving care to this newborn until the first responders could arrive on the scene. Deputy Kimbro served our nation in the Navy for 21 years before joining the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. A school resource officer on summer break, patrolling the road is not Deputy Kimbro’s primary duty, but he acted without hesitation. For his bravery and composure, he earned Berkeley County’s lifesaving medal. He is a husband and father of two children. Deputy Kimbro is an all-around hero and we are lucky to have him looking after us in the Lowcountry. He, along with all first responders, keep the Lowcounty and this nation safe and a better place. Take a bow Deputy Kimbro, we’re extremely proud of you.”
A report states the mother told Kimbro the baby stopped breathing after drinking a bottle.
“Deputy Kimbro took the baby’s limp and cyanotic body and performed lifesaving first aid,” BCSO officials said."As a result, he was able to get the baby to breathe again until EMS could arrive."