Almost one year has passed since Nechole Crowell, a Florida mom, crossed paths with Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremie Nix under a very stressful set of circumstances.
On May 9, 2018, a desperate Crowell flagged down Nix, who was in his patrol car, because her infant son, Kingston Crowell, was not breathing.
Crowell saved the baby’s life that day, and ever since, the families have been inseparable.
Crowell and her son met Nix’s wife, Nikki Nix, and the families got together to celebrate Christmas last year and Kingston’s first birthday in January. They also regularly get together for playdates.
As their relationship strengthened over time, Crowell asked Jeremie and Nikki to be Kingston’s godparents.
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Reflecting on the past year, Nix believes he was meant to meet the Crowell family.
“I think it was a God thing,” Nix told WESH-TV.
“I think it was the right place, right time and being put in that position for the right reason.”
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Crowell recalled the dramatic day when her son was revived at a Florida hospital after Nix rushed him there in his patrol car.
“I remember dropping to my knees and just screaming, ‘Thank God!’ I could breathe!” Crowell said.
“Like we were kind of attached from the moment it happened. He just said, ‘I’m not leaving your son, until I know he’s OK’ and it’s just been him and Nikki since,” Crowell said.
The unlikely friendship has cultivated a shift in worldviews for both families.
Crowell now sees the humanity behind the uniform, and Nix has developed a better understanding of what it is like for a single mom to struggle to raise a child, work full-time, and strive towards her nursing degree.
“So, it’s opened a door to have conversations and create new relationships and friends that we would have never had before,” Nix said.
“It doesn’t have to be blood-related to be family and it doesn’t have to be just your family to teach life lessons,” Crowell said.
“And so he has another family that can teach him a lot more and we can all work together. You know, no matter color, race, whatever, it’s just, you see genuine love.”
Nix is excited to see what is in store for little Kingston, who has come to adore Jeremie and Nikki.
“God’s got a great plan for Kingston and he’s got great things in store for that little guy that we were able to set on the right path that day,” Nix said.
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