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Police Officer Honored for Saving Young Girl’s Life

Almost twenty years after saving a young girl’s life, a Connecticut police officer got to watch her graduate from University. 

Peter Getz

In June 1988, Hartford Officer Peter Getz was called to the scene of an apartment building which had been consumed with flames. When 5 year old Josi Aponte was pulled from the fire, she wasn’t breathing, and Getz couldn’t find a pulse. Thinking quickly, Getz started CPR on Josi, and continued to treat her as they were driven to hospital, and miraculously, the little girl began breathing as they pulled into the hospital.

When Josi graduated from university with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, she felt it only right that Getz was there to share the moment with her.

“I almost died, but I was given a second chance at life,” said Josi, “There are only a few moments that are so important in life, I wanted to share my graduation with everyone who’s important to me, who have been there for me, and who helped me through tough times.”

Getz and Aponte

Getz, who retired as a detective, still continues to contribute to the community with the Police Athletic League, and remains humble about his involvement with Josi’s rescue.

“I am humbled and honoured to be noticed for this, but everyone, firefighter, dispatchers, hospital staff, did their part to save her.”

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