Kenneth Knox has seen it all as a veteran police officer of 25 years in Meriwether County, Georgia. But what happened on September 4th will stand out for years to come as his most life-changing experience on the force.
Knox, a white police officer, saved a black infant in an act that has brought him instant fame and applause.
While making his Saturday rounds, Knox received a call that a child was choking across town. Knowing he had little time to act, Knox sped to the scene.
“Being a father, I go as fast as I can go to get there,” Knox said. “I was going so hard, I almost jumped out of my car when it was rolling, leaving it in drive.”
Knox was greeted with a terrifying scene, as the baby was nearing death.
“When I jumped out there were probably 30 or 40 people in the yard, and I knew immediately who the father was, because he was running around yelling, ‘Someone please save my baby,'” Knox recalled.
The officer soon found two-month-old Ma’Yavi and he immediately examined the severity of her situation: she had “turned bluish purple and her eyes had gone dark.” Her father had attempted CPR after a chunk of cereal became lodged in the child’s throat, but Ma’Yavi showed no signs of recovering. That’s when Knox stepped in.
Knox laid the baby on the couch, praying to God for deliverance for the child.
The officer put his mouth on Ma’Yavi’s lips and tried to suck out the cereal several times. With only moments to spare, the chunk flew into Knox’s mouth and the baby returned to normal.
“I swear to God she looked at me for 2 or 3 seconds with the most beautiful smile in her life,” Knox said.
Knox believes this moment has permanently affected him.
“Out of my 25 years being a cop this is my greatest and most profound accomplishment and it made every second of those 25 years worth it all,” he said in a Facebook post. “I am forever humbled and changed by this.”