Off duty police officer saves the life of infant son of high school football coach

An off duty police officer in Hattiesburg saved the life of the infant son of a Mississippi high school football coach, according to the childs father and the Hattiesburg PD.

Officer Ken Jones of the HPD saved the life of the son of Ocean Springs football coach Mike Collins.

From Collins via social media:

Tuesday, December 7th 2021 will go down as a day that we will always remember.We’ve kept it quiet as our baby boy Tripp has been regaining strength from the scare that he gave us.

While traveling from Hattiesburg back home to Biloxi, Tripp had a sudden temperature spike that caused a febrile seizure and for his heart to temporarily stop. Luckily, Mary Lane Morgan saw him distress and pulled over on the side of the road.

At that moment, the good lord above blessed us with Officer Kentrevis Jones from the Hattiesburg Police Department.

Ken was off duty but still made the choice to turn around and assist Tripp and his grandma and bring him back to us. He began cutting his clothes off and began chest compressions. Tripp regained consciousness and Ken stayed by his side until the ambulance arrived. Once inside, his temperature was reading 105.7 and he was rushed to the hospital in Gulfport.

After roughly 6 hours in the ER, they regulated his temperature and we were able to go home. He has been progressing every day this week since then and is back to his rambunctious self.

This week has been the most mentally and emotionally draining week that Christin and I have ever faced. Thank you to all of our friends and family that have been there for us this week. We couldn’t have made it without y’all.

But there’s not enough thanks that we can give to Officer Ken. We didn’t gain a friend through this, The Collins Family has added a new member to our family. He is the definition of a hero.

The Hattiesburg PD added:

This is going above and beyond. Officer Jones, who was off duty, saw a chance to help someone in need and helped save a life. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and outstanding efforts.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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