Pair honored for taking action to save baby's life

Published: May. 1, 2019 at 5:52 PM CDT
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Two car dealership employees were recognized Tuesday for saving a baby's life.

Kegann Gideon and Josh Kennedy received the Champion of Character award from the Safe Streets Coalition.

The pair work at Briggs Kia in Topeka. In late March, they were helping a customer buy a car when their two-month-old daughter, Oakley, started struggling to breath.

Gideon and Kennedy had medical training, so they jumped into action to perform CPS on the baby and clear her airway.

"I couldn't have been more thankful that we were still there, because if it had been just seconds longer we would've been leaving," Oakley's mom Courtney Gentry told 13 NEWS days after the incident.

Turns out, Oakley had an undiagnosed heart condition and had gone into cardiac arrest.

Gentry told 13 NEWS Oakely came home from the hospital last week, and is doing well.

All involved say the incident shows the importance of being trained in infant CPR.