Police officer asked to be godfather after saving baby's life

WSB-TV contributed to this report.

One week after saving 2-month-old Ma'Yavi Parham from choking in late September, Lt. Kenneth Knox, of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, was honored when her parents asked him to be her godfather.

"I swear I will forever be your guardian and love you with all my heart," Knox posted on his Facebook page. "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.

Knox first met 2-month-old Ma'Yavi when he was dispatched to the baby's home on Sept. 24. He said when he arrived at her home, the "beautiful little princess" was turning blue and fading fast. The child's parents had already tried CPR with no luck, so Knox performed reverse CPR and sucked the cereal out of her throat.

Knox said he was so worried when he first arrived on scene that he almost forgot to put his police cruiser in park.

Knox later wrote about the experience, saying Ma'Yavi began breathing again before "she smiled at (him) for a second and then started crying which was music to (his) ears."

"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," Knox wrote on Facebook.

I would like to take the time to introduce everyone to miss Parham. she is a 2 month old beautiful baby girl. last night...

Posted by Kenneth Knox on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Days after the incident, Knox posted on his Facebook page again, writing that Ma'Yavi's parents had asked him to be their daughter's godfather, which he said would be his "honor, privilege and pleasure."

I would love to tell everyone who has shared, really posted or commented on this miracle.. I have officially beenough...

Posted by Kenneth Knox on Sunday, October 2, 2016

His initial post has garnered praise on social media, with more than 60,000 users sharing the heroic tale as of Tuesday.

The public outpouring and support has left Knox "overwhelmed," he wrote.

Knox said the girl's parents sends him pictures and videos of her every morning. He said he expects Ma'Yavi to be close with his five grandchildren.

I am so overwhelmed at the public outpouring and support. Ma'Yavi Parham is now my God daughter which blesses me as a...

Posted by Kenneth Knox on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

princess Ma' Yavi

Posted by Kenneth Knox on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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