Crystal Ro
Updated May 20, 2016 @ 5:49 pm
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Almost 20 years ago, officer Pete Getz came to the rescue of a then, five-year-old Josibelk Aponte as she lay nearly dead from a house fire. false

Getz told CNN, “Josi wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse when the firefighters pulled her out of the building. I took her from the firefighter and started CPR.”

Thanks to Getz’ quick thinking, Aponte survived and has grown into the woman she is today. And he’s continued to keep a watchful eye on her the whole way. Getz continued, “I followed her progress for years in the school system, just to make sure she was doing well.”

[Altogether now, “AWWWWWWWW!”]

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Getz (now retired) may just be the sweetest police officer ever, because when Aponte graduated earlier this week from Eastern Connecticut State University, he had nothing but kind words. He told the Washington Post, “Pretty proud of her, for all the adversity that she has overcome.” (Aponte’s uncle sadly passed away in the same fire).

As for Aponte herself, she explained to the Hartford Courant, “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.”

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And, obviously, that included the young police officer who saved her on that fateful day.