She said she had wanted to meet the man who had saved her life.
Josibel Aponte, then 5, was trapped inside a burning building back in 1998. On June 25 of that year, Aponte’s Connecticut home went up in flames. Her uncle unfortunately died in the fire, and she almost died too—if not for hero cop, Peter Getz.
A firefighter was able to retrieve Aponte, and immediately gave her to Peter Getz, who just arrived at the scene. Getz noticed that Aponte was no longer breathing, and she didn’t have a pulse. He needed to save her.
He immediately performed CPR at the back of the police car on their way to the hospital. Thankfully, by the time they pulled up, his young patient was breathing normally again.
19 years later, Aponte searched for her lifesaver, and was successful in doing so. She wanted to meet him on a very important occasion in her life: her graduation. She believes that if not for this brave hero, she wouldn’t have been able to graduate.
Aponte said in an interview: “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. I almost died, but I was given a second chance at life, and it was because of Peter and all the authorities, everyone who came to help that day.”
Getz says that experience has stayed with him forever, and he always wondered how Aponte was doing after the accident.
He said: “It’s one of those things that touches your heart and stays with you.
“It’s a situation that we could control, that we could foresee the outcome of. The firemen did their job, I did my job, and the hospital staff did their job. As a result, we still have a beautiful young woman still on the face of the Earth.”