Lt. Kenneth Knox, a Georgia police officer, became a hero after he responded to an emergency call. Arriving at the scene, Knox is confronted with a completely silent baby who is not breathing and has started to turn blue. With only moments to intervene, Knox acts quickly to save the little girl’s life.
After feeding her daughter some cereal, Parham noticed liquid streaming from her daughter’s nose. It was shortly after that her baby’s eyes began to roll back in her head. Terrified of what could be wrong, Parham called out to her husband. With no response from the baby, the couple immediately called 911.
How could their daughter be choking on soft, wet cereal? Administering CPR on their child was all they could do until help arrived.
Lt. Kenneth Knox, the officer sent to the couple’s home, recalls the memory like it was yesterday.
“I was dispatched to a residence to a child choking, it was this beautiful little princess. She was turning blue and fading fast.. mom and dad tried CPR with no luck and when I arrived she was not breathing.”
It was time to contemplate other options to save the little girl. Aware he only had a few moments to react, Knox took immediate action.
Knox decided he was going to try to suck the piece of cereal out. After only four attempts, Knox was able to clear the blockage from Ma’Yavi’s’ throat. In that moment, he describes her cries as “sweet music to his ears.”
Ma’Yavi’s parents are immediately overcome with emotion and continue to thank him for saving their daughter’s life.
Knox now held a special place in the family’s heart. Days later, he visited their home again. This time, he would be confronted with a much different situation to handle
Determined to make Knox a permanent part of their family, Ma’Yavi’s parents asked Lt. Knox if he would like to be named her godfather in a formal christening.
“I don’t think nobody else could take the place of godfather for her than Kenneth.” said Parham.
Knox was thrilled at the offer and graciously accepts after joking her parents didn’t really have a choice anyway. He had already planned to become a permanent fixture in her life.
Today, Lt. Kenneth Knox remembers the day he saved Ma’Yavi as the most important act of service he has ever done as an officer.
“This is my greatest and most profound accomplishment and it made every second of those 25 years worth it all.” “Little miss Parham will forever be a part of my life…”
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