Kemira Boyd will never forget what Deputy Will Kimbro of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office did for her daughter.
June 11, 2019, was the scariest day of the South Carolina mom’s life. Just 12 days after giving birth to Ryleigh, she nearly lost her. But today, the little girl is happy and healthy, thanks to her guardian angel.
Last year, Kimbro pulled over a vehicle for speeding and quickly realized this was a life-threatening situation. The driver rushed out of the car to tell him the baby inside wasn’t breathing after drinking from a bottle. Kimbro sprang into action, clearing Ryleigh’s mouth and massaging her chest as his bodycam recorded the harrowing few minutes.
“Come on baby, cry for me, cry for me,” he said. “Open those eyes, sweetheart.”
Eventually, Ryleigh started breathing again before emergency medical services arrived. Kimbro had saved her life.
“Because of Deputy Kimbro’s steadfast, professional and heroic response, the 12-day old baby was able to live,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “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.”
In the year since, Kimbro and his wife, Carole, have stayed close to Ryleigh and her mom. On May 31, they celebrated the little darling’s first birthday with a party.
But not all the presents were for Ryleigh. The next week, Kemira visited the Kimbros, bringing along special gifts. She handed each of them a scratcher card and a penny. Moments later, Kimbro uncovered the message, “Will you be my godfather?”
Neither Kimbro or Carole had to think twice. They were overjoyed to say “yes!”
Kimbro can never be sure why he was the one to pull the car over, but he’ll always be grateful he did.
“Throughout the year, I reflected many times and in particular that day,” Kimbro said. “[I] always asked myself, what was the reason I went down that street? There were five, six, seven other streets I could have gone down before going down that particular road. I could never answer that question. I just stopped trying. God works in mysterious ways.”
What a beautiful way for Kemira to repay her daughter’s hero! Congratulations, Kimbro and Carole!
Watch as the Kimbros become Ryleigh’s godparents in the video below, and be sure to share this sweet story!
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