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Video: Retired Connecticut Detective Attends Woman's Graduation Decades after Rescuing Her as a Girl

May 20, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Retired Connecticut Detective Attends Woman's Graduation Decades after Rescuing Her as a Girl

A retired Hartford, CT, police officer recently attended the graduation of a girl he once helped rescue. Retired Det. Peter Getz was one of many who rescued a young girl from a Washington Street fire in 1998, reports WFSB.

The fire wreaked havoc on the life of then 5-year-old Josi Aponte, who said she still deals with physical and mental scars. Aponte said she lost a cousin that day and came within seconds of dying herself, had it not been for Getz.

Aponte said she always wondered about the man in the photograph, her so-called guardian angel. After a firefighter pulled her from the burning apartment, the mystery officer carried her tiny body to his squad car and performed CPR before taking her to the hospital.

In 2014, after years of wondering, Aponte said she looked her hero up on Facebook and sent him an email.

Getz, who retired after two decades of service with the department, said he was touched by the note and emailed Aponte his number and asked her to call.

Aponte said she and Getz became close and often meet for lunch. Their friendship blossomed even more on Tuesday when she graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with an accounting degree. 

After 18 years, a lot has changed. But during two life changing events, one thing remained the same.

"He was just there and that's what matters," Aponte said.


Comments (5)

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Adrian Stroud @ 5/21/2016 8:27 AM

Awesome story! Great job Det. Aponte!!

Vtxmaster @ 5/22/2016 2:07 PM

Great story :-)

kevcopAz @ 5/22/2016 3:56 PM

Loved this story and the pics made the point exactly. We all know THIS his why we do what we do. Yes these stories do not get the play and the credit that they deserve since really this IS what cops do day in and day out, but even if these acts go unappreciated for the most part we all know in our own minds and hearts that we do good and work on God's side. Really we all should not care what anti-police and unreasonable arm chair quarter backs say or think. The only better result would have been her cousin to be here too, but we can't save them all. Not to take anything away from this successful young lady, but would have been wonderful if Ms. Aponte chose a career as a first responder or another related field where she could given forward directly to others. Acts such as these make our careers and all that we endure worth every effort and every minute of grief police work gives us. Great story, great job Det. Getz and thank you.

Robert @ 5/22/2016 10:51 PM

Well done.

Ordinary Joe @ 5/25/2016 6:04 AM

Bravo!

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