Florida Deputy Saves Baby Trapped in Car After Fatal Crash: 'He Will Forever Be Our Hero'

"The infant had no pulse and was not breathing," explained the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office in a press release

<p>Getty</p> Stock image of a street intersection


Stock image of a street intersection

A 6-month-old baby who lost consciousness after a deadly crash survived thanks to the quick instincts of a Florida officer.

The incident occurred when a motorcyclist estimated to be driving more than 100 mph collided with a vehicle at an intersection in Englewood on the night of Feb 8., per the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.

Charlotte County Deputy Sgt. Dave Musgrove saw the crash unfold in front of him "seconds" after the motorcycle driver sped past him as the two drove side by side on S. McCall Rd, near Spinnaker Blvd, according to the department's press release.

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After turning on his emergency lights and notifying dispatch about the crash, Musgrove approached the scene and saw that the motorcycle was "shattered" and heard crying from the vehicle it collided with, now approximately 25-40 feet away.

'As he approached, he observed the motorcyclist, deceased, wedged into the rear window on the driver's side of the vehicle. As Sgt. Musgrove rushed to check on the victims, he heard the driver yell to him, pleading to help her children," the press release explains.

Musgrove removed one of the children — a toddler named Ariel — from a booster seat after opening the rear passenger door of the vehicle.

"I reassured the mom the baby, Ariel, was fine and she said no, my baby. I didn't see a baby. All I saw was a male slumped over in the rear passenger seat," Musgrove told WBBH-TV.

It was then that Musgrove saw that 22-year-old Kayleigh Foley's 6-month-old baby Lola was trapped under the dead motorcyclist.

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<p>WPBF 25 News/Youtube</p> Kayleigh Foley and Lisa Foley

WPBF 25 News/Youtube

Kayleigh Foley and Lisa Foley

"At this time, some bystanders approached and helped to move the motorcyclist off of the infant and cut the seat belt so that Sgt. Musgrove could remove the car seat and check on the baby. The infant had no pulse and was not breathing," explains the press release.

Per the release, Musgrove immediately began performing chest compressions on the baby until he heard her inhale deeply. EMS arrived at the scene and detected a pulse on Lola a "short time" afterward.

Lola's grandmother Lisa Foley, told WBBH-TV that Musgrove will "forever be our hero."

"We will never repay him for what he did because what he did for us was life-changing," she said. "The first thing he said to me was 'I hate all the recognition. I was doing my job.' I said, 'Too bad buddy, you're getting it. I want you to be recognized in every way possible because what he did was life-changing for our family.'"

His heroic efforts were something Kayleigh will never forget after a difficult past couple of months.

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"I lost my fiancé six months ago, so what was running through my head is I can't lose anybody else," she told the outlet.

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