Police Officer Learns What Happened To Little Girl He Saved 18 Years Ago

Written by Carly Walker
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23-year-old Josibelk Aponte got in touch with retired police officer, Detective Peter Getz who had resuscitated her when she rescued 18 years ago. Aponte was taken out of a burning apartment in Hartford, Connecticut, and 18 years after the tragedy, the two were reunited.

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Aponte was only 5-years-old when a fire broke out in her family’s apartment on June 25, 1998. The girl was at home with her uncle, Joffrey Aponte, while her mother was at work. Recalling the incident, Aponte could only remember that the room was full of smoke as she tried to wake her uncle up and failed.

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Getz was on the scene of the fire when a firefighter removed Aponte from the burning building. Accompanied by a police officer, Getz and the police officer performed CPR on the 5-year-old in the back of the police cruiser. Aponte was taken to the hospital and was reportedly unconscious, suffering from cardiac arrest. When she woke up in the hospital, she was surrounded by friends, family, and the rescue workers who saved her.

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Sadly, her uncle Joffrey died from his injuries a few days after the fire. Getz and the police department helped Aponte’s family by donating furniture and raising money for them. Josibelk Aponte is now 23 and reached out to Getz to meet the man who helped save her life.

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Getz was on the scene of the fire when a firefighter removed Aponte from the burning building. Accompanied by a police officer, Getz and the police officer performed CPR on the 5-year-old in the back of the police cruiser. Aponte was taken to the hospital and was reportedly unconscious, suffering from cardiac arrest. When she woke up in the hospital, she was surrounded by friends, family, and the rescue workers who saved her.

Sadly, her uncle Joffrey died from his injuries a few days after the fire. Getz and the police department helped Aponte’s family by donating furniture and raising money for them. Josibelk Aponte is now 23 and reached out to Getz to meet the man who helped save her life.

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