Florida deputy speaks: 'Kingston and I are going to be buddies for a long time'


Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremie Nix was heading home Wednesday.

"And I see this car sitting in the middle of the traffic lane and it’s a lady screaming and I roll my window down and she says, 'My baby is not breathing.'”

It's something a parent never wants to say and Nix, a father, never wants to hear.

"My 17 years of doing this job, that was the most scary, emotional and rewarding day ever," Nix said.

The video from the deputy's dashcam shows him rush to the frantic mother and her seemingly lifeless baby.

"She just hands him to be and the first words out of her mouth were ‘don’t let my baby die," Nix said.

Nix fell to his knees and started CPR on 3-month-old Kingston. After just a few moments he hears a breath, of hope.

“I heard this one breath that he did on his own but it was very faint,” he said.

With no ambulances in sight, and seconds feeling like hours, Nix had to act fast. He told dispatchers he was going to drive Kingston to the nearest hospital, less than a mile away.

“I just knew I couldn’t wait any longer," he said. "I just knew this baby did have time to wait on ambulance so couldn’t wait, the only thing i knew to do was go.”

With one hand on the steering wheel and the other clutching baby Kingston, he drove to the hospital.

“i remember praying, thanking God for putting me in the right place in the right time for the right reason,” he said.

And those extra minutes saved, saved Kingston's life. He was released from the hospital Thursday night.

"The doctor there said the baby was lucky to be at their hospital, that if it did not play out the way it did, the baby wouldn’t have made it,” he said.

Now Kingston will have a buddy for life.

“Kingston and I are going to be buddies for a long time,” he said.

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