Officer attends college graduation of girl whose life he saved 18 years ago

WILLIMANTIC, CT (WCMH) — On Tuesday, Josi Aponte graduated Magna Cum Laude from Easter Connecticut State University, and one of the people to witness her achievement was retired officer Peter Getz.

“Honestly, it gave me a little bit of a chill,” Getz told WTIC.

Getz sat with Aponte’s family during the ceremony, because he has a special connection to her and them.

When Aponte was five, her Hartford home caught fire. Aponte’s cousin died in the fire and if it weren’t for Getz, she may have as well.

Getz and a fellow officer found Aponte and transported her in the back of their cruiser to an area hospital. Getz performed CPR on the girl all the way to the emergency room.

“When we got her to the emergency room, she was somewhat back and the emergency room did their magic and brought her back,” said Getz.

Aponte recovered, but she spent several months in the hospital. Getz made it a point to visit the girl.

Getz told WTIC he always kept tabs on where Aponte was in school, but two years ago, Aponte wanted to know more about the photo and that day 18 years ago when Getz saved her life.

“I didn’t know what happened at all,” Aponte said.

After their meeting, Aponte knew Getz had to come to her graduation, to be a part of her story and who she had become.  “He saved my life. He saved my life. He’s a guardian angel to me.”

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