When Kingston, just 3 months old, suddenly stopped breathing as his mom drove on an Ocala highway, she despaired.
Then she saw a patrol car.
The woman flagged down a K9 officer who was at a red light at a nearby intersection and on his way home after his shift late Wednesday afternoon.
The deputy, Jeremie Nix, heard the woman’s frantic message — her baby was “completely unresponsive.” She needed help.
Nix turned his patrol car around and pulled off to the side of the road to assist, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook Thursday. Within hours, the video had been viewed more than 85,000 times.
In the video, captured by Nix’s dashcam, Nix is seen placing baby Kingston on the lawn near a Walgreens and performing several life-saving measures on the child but nothing was working.
Nix told a 911 operator he wasn’t going to wait for a medical crew. Instead, he whisked the baby into his patrol car and raced to Ocala Regional Medical Center, a half-mile trip.
“We are happy to report that Baby Kingston is doing very well and doctors say he will make a full recovery!” the Marion Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook. “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!!”
Fellow first responder and K9 trainer David Reed commented on the Facebook post, “You are what a hero looks like and we are all very proud of you and your swift action to help save this little boy.”
People in Miami might recall a similar situation in February 2014 that happened on the Dolphin Expressway.
Pamela Rauseo, of West Kendall, was driving her crying 5-month-old nephew, Sebastian, to an appointment with a pulmonary specialist that afternoon because he was fighting a respiratory infection. She knew something wasn’t right when the baby, who had been born prematurely, abruptly stopped crying. Then he began turning blue, and traffic was piling up around them.
Rauseo fled the car with the baby in her arms, screaming for help. Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz had been in the car behind her and jumped out of his car, too, and shouted for help. Several drivers, stalled in the rush hour crunch, pitched in. Rauseo started performing CPR.
The commotion caught the attention of Sweetwater police officer Amauris Bastidas, who also performed CPR to revive Sebastian, until Miami-Dade rescue crews took the baby to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
In September 2014, Sebastian had a first birthday pool party complete with a bounce house and a donated Little Dumbo cake with a single candle.