A Florida deputy who saved an infant’s life got a chance to see the baby and his grateful mother again. Earlier this week, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremie Nix met with Nechole Crowell and 3-month-old Kingston for the first time since the dramatic May 9 rescue. As soon as she saw the officer, Crowell warmly embraced him. She expressed her gratitude in an interview with Inside Edition, referring to Nix as her son’s “guardian angel on earth”.
At about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Officer Nix heard car horns blaring as he was traveling home from his shift. Looking toward the direction of the sound, he observed a white Hyundai in which two women were desperately trying to attract his attention.
Crowell screamed that her son was not breathing. The officer immediately pulled over, rushing to her aid. He took the infant and dropped to the ground in a frantic effort to keep little Kingston alive. Nix recalled that he could not detect any pulse or breathing. After giving the baby a few chest compressions, the deputy heard Kingston gasp once for air.
Officer Nix knew that he did not have time to wait for an ambulance. He alerted the dispatcher that he was taking the baby to a nearby emergency room. Upon arriving at the hospital, Nix lost his composure, but he emphatically reassured Crowell that he would ensure her baby would be saved.
Within a few minutes, doctors were able to resuscitate the infant. Relieved, Nix passed the news to the distraught mother. Crowell credits God and Deputy Nix for saving her baby’s life.