The life of a police officer must be one heck of a roller coaster. On any given day you could be required to do a million different things and do them well, because not performing your duty could cost someone their life. The pressure must be tremendous... but then there is the odd, beautiful moment of pay off for some officers. For example, when an officer save someone's life and is rewarded in a way he might not have imagined. One such officer saved a choking baby, and the parents asked him to be the baby's godfather. How sweet is that?
Officer Kenneth Knox was on duty last month when he answered a 911 call about a 2-month-old baby in distress. The baby's mother, Meona Parham, told news station WTVM she had been feeding her daughter Ma'Yavi an hour earlier when she noticed she was having trouble breathing:
I had fed her an hour prior to her choking we were sitting outside in my car and all of a sudden she started gasping for air and white stuff was coming out her nose and mouth. I called her dad, [and] he jumped off the porch grabbed her out my arms and started blowing in her face we both didn't know what to do so I called 911 and Officer Knox was first to arrive.
When Knox arrived and attempted reverse CPR on their baby (sucking the lodged cereal out of the infant's throat), the grateful parents asked him to be her godfather. And he respectfully accepted.
Knox said in a Facebook post that God helped him save the little girl's life.
I would like to take the time to introduce everyone to miss Parham. she is a 2 month old beautiful baby girl. last night 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. the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY touched me and I knew what to do. I did reverse cpr and was able to suck the cereal out of her throat and she began breathing again. she smiled at me for a second and then starting crying which was music to my ears. 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. I am forever humbled and changed by this. little miss Parham will forever be a part of my life...
In an interview with WTVM, Knox explained the connection between him and "Little Miss Parham";
People want to know what it feels like to live without hate, with pure love and not think about race, just look at that baby's face. That's what I feel like when I see her face. It's just pure love.
While everyone's newsfeed is usually flooded with troubling stories of violence and chaos, this story is one to remember. The story of a man doing his job, doing it well, and earning himself a place in a little girl's heart forever.