Eighteen years after rescuing Josibel Apontel from a fire, former police officer Peter Getz officer watched her graduate magna cum laude from college.
In 1998, Aponte was a five-year-old kid when her apartment caught fire. It was police officer Peter Getz who rescued Aponte from the smoky building which was completely up in flames. Getz got hold of the girl and performed CPR on her as she had stopped breathing. He then took her to the hospital where Aponte was operated. It was thanks to the heroism of the fire department and Getz that young Josibel survived. A picture of the brave police officer rescuing Aponte stayed on his desk until the day he retired, as his own children were almost her age and she actually reminded him of his own kids.
After the incident, the officer kept himself updated on Aponte’s progress. He regularly met her and also kept a watch on her school progress.
On Tuesday, Aponte graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She invited officer Getz to attend the ceremony and he did. She believes it was because of Peter and all the authorities, everyone who came to help that day she is still alive to live this moment. She wanted to share her graduation with everyone who is important to her, who has been there for her, and who helped her through tough times.
Source: India Times | Image Courtesy: Peter Getz Sabrina Squire NBC12