Life for our boys in blue can at times be scary, and at other times, rewarding. For a police officer on one particular day, it was both.
K9 Deputy Jeremie Nix, from Marion County, Florida, was off duty and driving home when he noticed a commotion on the side of the road. A car had stopped with hazard lights flashing, and he noticed a hand frantically waving out of the window.
Nix wasted no time in getting to the car and immediately saw the drama unfolding. Nechole Crowell got out of the car, holding a very inert baby.
You can tell he’s completely lifeless,” Nix told WKMG-TV. “She just hands him to me and the first words out of her mouth were, ‘Don’t let my baby die.’”
Whilst he attempted to revive the baby, Crowell called 911. Nix began chest compression on the baby, and he heard a slight gasp for air.
“I heard this one breath that was very faint,” Nix recalled. “I turned and I remember thinking, ‘I don’t hear sirens. I don’t hear nobody coming. I don’t have time.’ I just gripped him as tight as I could and I put it in drive and just went.”
“In my 17 years of doing this job, that was the most scary, emotional and rewarding day ever,” Nix said. “I remember praying, thanking God for putting me in the right place at the right time for the right reason.”
Medical staff were able to revive Kingston, and it was Nix who gave Crowell the good news.
“A few minutes later he came back to tell me he was breathing and he was crying,” she recalled. “It was God and Deputy Nix who saved his life.”
The sheriff’s department issued a statement: “We are happy to report that Baby Kingston is doing very well and doctors say he will make a full recovery!!”
“Doctors also said that because of K9 Deputy Nix’s actions, Baby Kingston is alive today. We are tremendously proud of Deputy Nix and we can already see that he and Baby Kingston will have a deep connection that will last a lifetime!!”
Kingston’s mom was extremely grateful, and she took to Facebook to praise Nix.
“I just wanted the world to know how great this officer is, & how GREAT GOD is,” she wrote.
“I’m forever grateful,” Crowell told Inside Edition. “He was my baby’s guardian angel on earth.”
Few months after the life-threatening ordeal, Crowell asked Deputy Nix and his wife if they could be Kingston’s godparents, and the two families just adopted each other.
Deputy Nix wrote in a comment on Facebook: “My wife and I have been abundantly blessed through this ordeal with Kingston. Being asked to be his godfather by his mother was just icing on the cake. We see him often and am happy to report he’s doing well. We just recently celebrated his 1st birthday.”
There is now a strong bond that has been created between the two families.
“It doesn’t have to be blood related to be family and it doesn’t have to be just your family to teach life lessons,” Crowell told WESH 2 in an interview. “And so he has another family that can teach him a lot more and we can all work together. You know, no matter color, race, whatever, it’s just, you see genuine love.”
“God’s got a great plan for Kingston and he’s got great things in store for that little guy that we were able to set on the right path that day,” Deputy Nix further added.
Another example of a true hero going beyond the call of duty.