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Cop saves 5-year-old’s life from a devastating fire, attends her college graduation 18 years later


Back in 1998, an officer saved a 5-year old girl’s life from a huge fire. Now in 2016, that same officer is attending that little girl’s college graduation. When Josi Aponte received her diploma from Eastern Connecticut State University earlier this year, a very important guest was in the audience– Officer Peter Getz.

“I almost died, but I was given a second chance at life,” Aponte said. “And it was because of Peter and all the authorities, everyone who came to help that day.”

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The story takes us back to the summer of 1998, Officer Getz arrives to a burning apartment building in Hartford, Connecticut, when a firefighter handed him a 5-year-old girl who was covered in ashes and unresponsive.

Getz knew the situation was dire and that he had no time to wait for the ambulance. He then placed Aponte in the back seat of his patrol car and gave the child CPR while his partner drove the car to the hospital.

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Getz’s CPR somehow saved that child’s life that day because Aponte had been in cardiac arrest. By the time they reached the emergency room, Aponte had been breathing on her own. An amazing feat from an Officer serving to protect to the people. 

Aponte added, “I’m told that if he would have just waited a few more seconds for the ambulance to come in, I could have died.”

After saving the child, Getz continued to visit Aponte while she recovered in the hospital. “It’s one of those things that touches your heart and stays with you,” Getz said. “The firemen did their job, I did my job, the hospital staff did their job. As a result, we still have a beautiful young woman still on the face of the earth.”

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The kind police officer said that he, “followed her progress for years” while Aponte was in school, but eventually lost touch when the family moved away.


Two years ago, the two were finally able to reconnect when Aponte saw an online picture of Getz carrying her away from the fire. She then sent the Officer a quick message and they’ve been in touch ever since. When it came time for Aponte’s graduation, it was only natural that she invited Officer Getz.

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“I kind of choked up after getting her graduation invitation,” Getz said.

A touching story that we don’t hear about everyday. Doing more than what was asked of him, the kind hearted police officer went above and beyond his call of duty.

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[Source: Inside Edition ]

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