A Georgia sheriff’s lieutenant has accepted the role of godfather for a child whose life he saved.
“I am so overwhelmed at the public outpouring and support. Ma’Yavi Parham is now my Goddaughter which blesses me as a person and a man,” he wrote Oct. 5. “I am the one who was blessed with her being brought into my life. She is a beautiful child and to know I will see her grow into a beautiful woman who can be what ever she wants.”
Ma’Yavi came into Knox’s life when he responded to a call for a choking child.
“I was dispatched to a residence to a child choking, it was this beautiful little princess,” he wrote on Facebook. “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.”
One week later, Ma’Yavi’s parents asked Knox to be her godfather.
“I swear I will forever be your guardian and love you with all my heart. I will be there for your first day, when you graduate school AND COLLEGE, and even what ever you want my little angel,” he wrote. “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.”
Knox, who is running for sheriff in Meriwether County, said he has received well wishes from around the world.