Rep. Cunningham commends deputy who saved 12-day-old baby on House floor

Rep. Cunningham commends deputy who saved 12-day-old baby on House floor
Joe Cunningham honored Deputy William Kimbro on the house floor Wednesday morning

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."

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

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