SC deputy becomes child’s godfather year after saving her life

SOUTH CAROLINA — A year after a South Carolina deputy saved a baby’s life, the child’s family had a special surprise for that deputy.

Last June, Deputy William Kimbro stopped a speeding driver in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

Inside that car was a 12-day-old baby girl named Ryleigh, who was choking and her family was rushing her to the hospital.

Kimbro was able to help baby Ryleigh and got her breathing again, saving her life.

Now, a year later -- Ryleigh and her family surprised Kimbro at his home with a special request, WCIV reported.

“I was finally able to scratch it off and underneath the scratcher it says, ‘Will you be my godfather?” Kimbro said. “My jaw just dropped and I just had this look on my face. And, I just looked at Ryleigh, who was sitting on her grandma’s lap. And, I just said 'Absolutely, yes.”

Kimbro was awarded the sheriff’s office “Life-Saving Medal” after saving Ryleigh.